From the outside, Kevin Seraphin's days in Washington seemed numbered even though the five-year veteran was part of the Wizards' interior rotation last season. It turns out, Kevin Seraphin agreed -- and had no issue moving on.
Seraphin, an unrestricted free agent this summer, eventually signed with the New York Knicks. He spoke with the media Tuesday following the team's first practice at West Point.
“It’s just like I’ve been there for five years, I know how it goes,’’ Seraphin said, according to the New York Post. “I didn’t want to be in the same situation as last year where I don’t play all the time and I never know. Sometimes I feel I do everything right and I don’t get to play all the time. At one point, I was like I needed somewhere I can play.’’
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Asked if he felt underappreciated in Washington, Seraphin said he wasn’t the only Wizard who felt uncomfortable with playing time. “For sure, I thought that,’’ he said. “But it’s just time to move on to the New York Knicks.’’
The irony of course is that Seraphin played in 79 games, matching his career-high. True, he didn't start at least one game for the first time in his career, but no opportunity existed since Marcin Gortat played in all 82 games. Seraphin averaged 15.6 minutes, 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. He also played in six of Washington's 10 playoff games.
Whether he wanted out or not, the Wizards molded their 2015-16 roster for the small-ball era. That meant more bodies for the perimeter and one fewer piece inside.
It will be interesting to see how much time he receives with the Knicks. Though Seraphin signed as a free agent, so did Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn. They signed lucrative multi-year deals while Seraphin agreed to a modest one-year deal. New York also drafted power forward Kristaps Porzingis in the first round and signed Derrick Williams. Also, that Carmelo Anthony guy like plays minutes at power forward.
Ultimately, it was time for Seraphin to move on from the Wizards. Clearly Seraphin agreed.