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Milwaukee gives Christian Wood final roster spot, cuts Tyler Zeller days before season opener

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With the 2018-19 NBA season set to commence in a couple of days, teams around the league are rounding out their 15-man rosters for their respective campaigns.

The Milwaukee Bucks have one roster spot left, and that spot has gone to center Christian Wood, per Mark Spears of ESPN.

Wood had a strong showing in summer league and in the preseason, and this definitely helped him earn his spot on the Bucks’ final roster to begin the 2018-19 season. In four preseason outings, the 6-foot-10 Wood averaged an impressive 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a shade under one block per game. He also shot a solid 67 percent from the field.

Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of center Tyler Zeller, who was with Milwaukee last season, per Matt Velasquez of The Journal Sentinel.

In 24 games with the Bucks last year, Zeller averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and shot 59 percent from the field in around 17 minutes per game. The Bucks acquired the 7-foot big man in the middle of the season in a trade for Rashad Vaughn and a second round pick with the Brooklyn Nets.

Zeller has been a journeyman for the most part of his 6-year NBA career. He’s made stops with four NBA teams, mostly with the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Despite entering the season without an NBA team for the first time in his career, Zeller is still skilled enough to garner a roster spot at some point this season. Some team out there in need of a low-end big man will probably pick up his services as the season progresses.