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Long Island Nets acquire rights to Lithuanian guard in trade

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In their second trade in less than 18 hours, the Long Island Nets have acquired the “returning player rights” to a veteran G League player. In this case, it’s guard Nick Zeisloft, a Lithuanian-American who played college ball at Indiana was with the the Fort Wayne Mad Ants last season.

In return for the 6’4” shooting guard, the Nets sent Fort Wayne two second rounders in Saturday’s G League draft, the 32nd and 41st as well as a third rounder— the 68th overall. On Thursday night, the Nets sent the 33rd pick to the Agua Caliente Clippers for Marshall Plumlee.

The Nets retain two first round picks, the 14th and 22nd, as well as a second rounder, the 32nd.

Zeisloft, 24, is currently playing for Leonis Roma of the Italian Serie A2 and has started two games this season, recording averages of 11.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 23.5 minutes per game. He is known as a three point shooter.

The trade covers only his rights. There is no guarantee he will join Long Island for training camp which begins next week.

Zeisloft split last season between the G League and Lithuanian basketball leagues. He appeared in 32 games (17 starts) for BC Siauliai in the LKL last season, as well as 11 games (seven starts) for Siauliai in the Baltic Basketball League. The Indiana alumnus played in 47 games for Fort Wayne during the 2016-17 NBA G League season, averaging 7.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

He was invited to the Pacers training camp two years ago, but was cut after the first preseason game.