The NBA is now numerically into its second half. All-Star weekend is close by, but first, the NBA trade deadline is days away. The Brooklyn Nets continue to make moves in its quest to rebuild. One such move is the Brooklyn Nets trade Tyler Zeller to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brooklyn Nets Trade Tyler Zeller to the Milwaukee Bucks
ESPN’s NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski first reported via Twitter, “Brooklyn is trading Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee, league sources tell ESPN”. Wojnarowski further reported, “Milwaukee will send a protected second-round pick, and a former first-round pick (namely Rashad Vaughn).”
Sources: Milwaukee's 2018 second-round pick to Nets is protected 31-to-47, or Milwaukee sends unprotected second in 2020 if the pick doesn't convey in 2018.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2018
In Zeller, Milwaukee receives a center in his sixth season. Zeller appeared in 42 games for the Nets this season. He (Zeller) started 33 games and played an average of 16.7 minutes per contest. Zeller boasts a true shooting percentage of 58.7 percent while scoring 10 out of 26 from beyond the three-point arc.
Significantly, for Milwaukee, Zeller will compete for minutes as a backup to starter John Henson. Zeller provides the Bucks valuable playoff experience as his previous two stops were with Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brooklyn receives shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, the 17th overall selection in the 2015 draft. Vaughn has been used sparingly throughout his NBA career as proven by his paltry career average 3.1 points per game.
ESPN Insider and former Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks called it ‘a cap neutral trade’.
Essentially a cap neutral trade between Brooklyn and Milwaukee. Tyler Zeller has a $1.7M cap hit this season and a non-guaranteed $1.9M salary in 2018-19. Rashad Vaughn is in the last season of his contract with a $1.89M cap hit.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 5, 2018
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