Nets: Nicolas Claxton not playing at Disney World after shoulder surgery
Spencer Dinwiddie called Nicolas Claxton the Nets’ second-most-talented player (behind Kevin Durant, ahead of Kyrie Irving).
But Brooklyn must wait to see Claxton – the No. 31 pick in last year’s draft – progress.
How urgent was this surgery? Because he’ll miss the Disney World resumption due to injury rather than personal choice, Claxton protects at least $77,608 in base salary plus $9,701 for each play-in and playoff game the Nets play (up to $135,814 total).* Players who want to sit out can game the system by undergoing surgery.
*All players’ actual salaries will be affected by the amount of league-wide revenue this season.
I’m not saying Claxton did anything underhanded. But, if he didn’t want to go to Disney World, the incentive exists.
With Durant and Irving sidelined, Brooklyn is mostly looking ahead to next season, anyway.