With the No. 31 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Nets selected Georgia F Nicolas Claxton.
Brooklyn had the No. 27 pick in the Draft, but they traded it away to the Clippers for their No. 56 pick and a 2020 first-rounder. In doing so, the Nets created a little more cap space -- around $2 million -- to use for their free agency pursuits this summer.
The Nets initially put the No. 31 pick on the trade block, but they're going to keep Claxton, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Brooklyn is supposedly impressed by what Claxton has done with the Bulldogs.
Claxton made a big leap from his freshman to sophomore season at Georgia. Averaging 3.9 points in 14.7 minutes in the 2017-18 season, Claxton improved to 13 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game over 31.6 minutes.
Defensively, Claxton is averaging 2.5 blocks per game and 1.1 steals -- all improvements from his freshman season as well.
The Nets need a stretch-four in their repertoire, and Claxton could be that man.