The Milwaukee Bucks traded for Brooklyn Nets Center Tyler Zeller in exchange for Rashad Vaughn and a protected 2nd round pick. The Bucks decided earlier in the year to not pick up Rashad Vaughn’s fourth year team option, which did not come as a shock to most as Vaughn had almost entirely fallen out of the rotation playing in only 22 of the Bucks 52 games thus far. Vaughn was largely a disappointment throughout his Bucks career after being selected at 17 with the hope of developing into a sharpshooter after strong shooting performances in pre-draft workouts. The Bucks will give up their second round pick in 2018 should it fall between picks 31-47 (for reference the Pacers owned the 47th pick last year after finishing 42-40). If the pick does not convey in 2018, the Nets will receive the Bucks unprotected 2020 pick.

Tyler Zeller is on his first year of a deal worth $3.6 million over 2 years with only the first year of the deal guaranteed. Zeller started most of the Nets games at the beginning of the year until more playing time was given to develop young center Jarrett Allen. As of February 5, Zeller was averaging 7.1 pts/gm 4.6 reb/gm and 0.5 blk/gm in 16.7 minutes per contest. Zeller is a well-rounded offensive player who can provide the Bucks with an ability to finish around the rim and is a proficient pick and roll big man that has a good awareness for positioning while rolling to the basket. While he is not a prolific three-point shooter, Zeller offers a decent amount of spacing with his ability to hit the long 2 as well as the corner 3 (shooting 38% from 3 on 0.6 attempts per game). Zeller is not the most athletic center, which shows in his pedestrian 0.5 blocks per game but has a very good sense of positioning on defense that makes up for his average athletic ability. All in all the Bucks swapped bench-glued Rashad Vaughn and a 2nd round pick that will likely not convey until 2020 to help bolster the depth at the center position to help out a struggling Thon Maker and a surprisingly competent John Henson.

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