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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tyler Zeller Celtics, AP photo

The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo drives between Boston's Tyler Zeller, left, and Brandon Bass on Wednesday, April 16, 2015 in Milwaukee.


NEW YORK — The Milwaukee Bucks acquired center Tyler Zeller in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

Milwaukee will send a protected 2018 second-round pick and former first-round draft pick Rashad Vaughn in the trade.

Zeller gives the Bucks a solid backup center for John Henson for the playoff push.

The Bucks will send the 2018 second-round pick to the Nets should it fall between 31 and 47 in the draft. Otherwise, Phoenix will receive the pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. If the Bucks pick doesn’t convey in 2018, Milwaukee will send its unprotected second-round pick in 2020 to Brooklyn, league sources said.

Zeller, 28, signed with the Nets last summer after spending the three previous seasons with Boston. He averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds and had recently been replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Jarrett Allen. He also has played for Cleveland.

Vaughn has averaged 3.1 points in 133 games since being taken by the Bucks with the No. 17 pick in the 2015 draft.