The latest update pours cold water on the idea of ​​landing a hot free agent target

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The OKC Thunder need some rotation this season, especially when it comes to their size and physicality in the frontcourt, and for a while it was a popular idea among fans and pundits that Sam Presti and company would pursue this kind of thing. of impending free agent, Nic Claxton.

At one point, some even saw the franchise as the absolute favorite to land the 25-year-old on the open market.

Despite the intrigue and amusement such an idea has brought fans in recent months, recent rumors may have put the possibility of a union on hold, as Brian Lewis of the New York Post noted in a June 1 report: the Brooklyn Nets might not even leave their big man up for grabs.

“It was always a foregone conclusion that Nic Claxton would become an unrestricted free agent. But there is no guarantee that he will leave Brooklyn. He may never even hit the open market. The perception around the NBA is increasingly that Claxton probably will are.” to re-sign with the Nets.”

Brian Lewis

After another stellar campaign with the Nets, where he posted impressive averages of 11.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 blocks on 62.9 percent shooting from the floor, Claxton is finding that he enters the offseason as one of the most coveted talents. in his 2024 free agency class, especially for teams that could use big man help like the Thunder.

However, Lewis’ latest report appears to have completely dashed any hopes that these ball clubs would sign the stud center, as he continues to report that Brooklyn has a chance to end its free agency frenzy before it even begins, as the club has an “exclusive negotiating window with their center that begins the day after the NBA Finals concludes.”

In a sense, eliminating Claxton from Oklahoma City’s offseason pursuits could be viewed as a positive, because given his lack of jumpers and the team’s supposed desire to leave Chet Holmgren among the starting five, the cut brings from him, more clarity about what their summer plans could be from their wish list.

Still, with approximately $35 million in cap space at their disposal, in case the front office thinks the young stud could be the answer to their frontcourt woes, Presti and co. will have the opportunity to engage in a real bidding war with the Nets, should Claxton ultimately be open to offers elsewhere.