When the Brooklyn Nets traded their big man DeAndre Jordan to the Detroit Pistons this past offseason it left the door wide open for their young big man Nicolas Claxton to take over the starting center position. Claxton was named the opening night starter for the Nets and started the team’s first three games.

But after a 1-2 start to the season, Nets head coach Steve Nash pulled Claxton from the starting lineup and inserted forward Bruce Brown to take his place in the fourth game, thus moving him to the second unit.

Brooklyn Nets Reassigned to Long Island Nets

On the season Claxton is averaging 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. He has been away from the team since October 31 with what the Nets are calling a non-COVID-related illness. He will be away from the Nets for even longer than the team previously imagined. On November 5 the team announced that Claxton has been reassigned to their G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.