Nets general manager Sean Marks has shown a knack for stockpiling draft picks, and he added another second-round pick on Monday when he traded veteran backup center Tyler Zeller to the Bucks in a deal that also brings third-year guard Rashad Vaughn to the Nets.
Zeller, a seven-foot center who was the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of North Carolina, has played six National Basketball Association seasons and was in his first with the Nets. The North Carolina product was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, but was traded the following day to the Cavaliers where he began his NBA career.
Zeller is averaging 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 42 games for the Nets this season. The 17th pick in the 2015 draft out of UNLV, Vaughn was known as a good shooter. It's unclear what type of role Zeller will walk into in Milwaukee, but he figures to be a part of the bench rotation, at the very least, behind John Henson.
Having fallen further out of the Milwaukee Bucks rotation in his third National Basketball Association season, shooting guard Rashad Vaughn is reportedly getting an opportunity to start fresh.
The playing time with the Bucks was never there for the guard, who is still just 21 years old. If the Bucks pick doesn't convey in 2018, Milwaukee will send its unprotected second-round pick in 2020 to Brooklyn, league sources said.
The Bucks, through Sunday's games, are 29-23, which is the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference.