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NETS TRADE RASHAD VAUGHN TO PELICANS FOR DANTE CUNNINGHAM

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Three days after he was acquired from the Bucks, along with a second rounder, Rashad Vaughn has been traded to New Orleans for veteran small forward Dante Cunningham.

The 6’8” Cunningham is a nine-year veteran who’s played for six teams and is averaging five points and 3.5 rebounds in 51 games, 24 of them starts, this season. The Villanova product is 30 years old.

The trade cuts into the Nets remaining cap space in that Cunningham makes $2.3 million and Vaughn a little more than $1.8 million. Cunningham has an expiring contract. The Nets now have about $3 million in cap space.

Shams Charania broke the news...

Nets officials had been very open that Bucks trade earlier in the week was about the second rounder they acquired, not Vaughn. They proved it by trading Vaughn for Cunningham. So at the week’s end, Brooklyn turned Tyler Zeller into a 2nd rounder likely to be used in 2020, Dante Cunningham and a $1.9 million, year-long trade exception.

And since the Nets used the Jeremy Lin Disabled Player Exception to facilitate the deal, they will also get a $1.82 million trade exception. The TE will remain active for a year.

Cunningham, who’s in his fourth season in New Orleans, could have blocked the deal, but TNT’s David Aldridge reports that Cunningham will not seek a release/buyout from Brooklyn. He has previously played for Minnesota, Portland, Memphis and Charlotte. His best year was last year when he averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games, hitting 39.2 percent of his threes.

The Nets had been engaged in trade talks on several players, the most prominently mentioned, DeMarre Carroll, but nothing emerged that satisfied the Nets.

In 2010-11, Cunningham and Marks were teammates in Portland and Chicago and were traded along with Joel Przbilla for Gerald Wallace that year.

Cunningham will wear No. 44, last worn by Zeller.