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Rashad Vaughn happy with trade to Nets

Rashad Vaughn, then with the Bucks, dribbles against

Rashad Vaughn, then with the Bucks, dribbles against the Pistons on Dec. 6, 2017, in Milwaukee. Credit: AP / Morry Gash

Rashad Vaughn finally got off the Bucks’ bench and the 6-6 shooting guard nicknamed Mr. Showtime played the final 1:36 in Sunday’s win over the Nets at Barclays Center.

Milwaukee stayed around to play the Knicks Tuesday night at the Garden. But Vaughn didn’t make that game.

Mr. Showtime was back at Barclays Center for the Nets game against the Rockets as a member of the home team. The Nets acquired the 21-year-old Minnesota native and a second-round pick Monday in exchange for Tyler Zeller.

Vaughn hadn’t played much in his two-plus seasons since the Bucks made him the 17th overall pick in 2015 after a one-and-done run at UNLV. So he was sure happy to be in Brooklyn again.

“It’s always tough not playing as much,” Vaughn said before the game. “But I’m just thankful I was able to come here and be in a better situation.”

Vaughn played four minutes and was scoreless with one assist in the Nets’ 123-113 loss Tuesday night.

Vaughn got tagged as Mr. Showtime in high school.

“As a freshman, I really couldn’t do nothing but dunk,” he said.

His range has since expanded. But Vaughn averaged just 12.3 minutes and 3.1 points in 133 games with Milwaukee. Early in his second season, he nailed six threes and scored a career-high 22 in a 110-108 home win against Brooklyn.

“I was feeling it that game,” Vaughn said.

It remains to be seen if this is a better situation for him. The Nets have a lot of players at his position. The second-round pick, coming in either 2018 or 2020, is valuable, and Vaughn’s $1.89 million salary in the final year of his contract pretty much matched up with Zeller’s to facilitate the trade.

“Rashad, obviously we’ve got to get to know him better,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He’s had a couple of good games against us, I know that . . . To be determined.”

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