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Nic Claxton to miss additional time with an illness that’s ‘nothing major’

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The Nets will be without Nicolas Claxton for the next week to 10 days ... at least.

Claxton, who is dealing with a non-COVID-related illness — not further described, is currently not feeling well but the illness is nothing to deem serious, according to Steve Nash.

“Nic is going to be out a little bit. He’s not feeling well. Nothing to be concerned with but I don’t think he’s going to be back in the next week or 10 days. Just an illness, but it’s nothing major or nothing we’re overly concerned with,” said Nash prior to Sunday’s game against the Pistons. “It’s just a little more severe illness than we thought initially and I think he’ll miss a little more time.”

The 22-year-old center admitted he was battling through a “little sickness” after Brooklyn’s preseason win against Minnesota on October 14. Claxton has struggled with his conditioning throughout the preseason and the first six games of the season.

“Right now, I’m battling a little sickness so I was a little tired out there,” Claxton said following another preseason game over the Timberwolves. “My goal this year is to take my conditioning to a whole other level. That’s a big part of my growth so it’s something I got to push myself to get to that level where I can play as many minutes as I need to.”

Claxton is slated to miss his third straight game Sunday night. He is averaging 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in four games played this season.