Brooklyn is trading Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2018
The Nets will receive Milwaukee's Rashed Vaughn with the second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2018
Tyler Zeller is in his sixth NBA season and averaging 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Brooklyn Nets this year. He’s also shooting 38.5% from 3-point land, albeit on just 26 attempts. This is essentially his first foray into rifling from deep, unsurprising given coach Kenny Atkinson’s willingness to let men fire away. There’s still no word on how far out the second round pick will be that they’re sending along with Rashad Vaughn, but it is curious given their recent success dipping into the latter round that they would be willing to part with even a pick that’s likely to be in the late 40s or early 50s. Zeller is also in the first year of a two-year, 3.64 million dollar deal, with next year also being non-guaranteed.
Milwaukee will have a backup big on the cheap for the next two years, something they probably needed as insurance in case something happened to John Henson or Thon Maker. In addition they jettison Vaughn, who had lost almost all his minutes due to the emergence of Sterling Brown. I think I speak for all of Bucks nation when I say we will miss Vaughn’s hype man theatrics and career as a poorly shooting man drafted to be a shooter.
It appears that second round pick’s protections will send it Brooklyn’s way should it fall between 31-47.