The Brooklyn Nets have their share of problems tied to their “Big Three” of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

Durant will be out for a couple of weeks while Irving remains a part-time player for standing pat on his decision not to get vaccinated. Hence, Harden is perhaps the only available star for head coach Steve Nash, that is until the end of the season.

The former NBA MVP has a player option at the end of the season and there is a chance he could jump ship and move to another team. That depends on how the Nets end their 2021-22 campaign with an NBA title likely assuring his stay.

But going back to their current situation, tinkering with the roster will be tricky. There are suggestions that the Nets may try to pull some strings at the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline and there was one name mentioned.

Nic Claxton could be a player to watch with Brian Windhorst chiming in that Brooklyn may trade the 22-year-old center.

The reason behind this is that Claxton has been recently out on account of a hamstring injury and is another Nets player who will become a free agent in the summer.

While possible, the chances of seeing the Nets give up someone who can protect the rim and provide Nash with needed defense are not that high.

However, the 6-foot-11 cager may not be aligned with the Nets' outlook at the moment. He has shown promise but if the Nets want to assure themselves of an NBA title, Claxton could be an interesting player that other teams may be interested in.

Right now, the Nets are suffering the effects of not having Durant or utilizing Irving at the maximum level. It may all depend on what lies ahead for Brooklyn to which Nash will have to decide at some point before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 10.

Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Nic Claxton #33 of the Brooklyn Nets
Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Nic Claxton #33 of the Brooklyn Nets Getty Images | Jayne Kamin-Oncea

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