NBA free agency no longer requires second-by-second attention. The superstars and coveted options now have homes. The remaining players aren't exactly leftovers, but the need to hurry with deals no longer exists. It's a buyer's market.
Kevin Seraphin is among the players still looking for a home.
After spending his first five NBA seasons with the Wizards, the scoring center remains a free agent. Perhaps the idea that Seraphin would become something of a second or third tier hot commodity this summer was overstated. Then again, any fantasy football owner who has ever used an auction format understands that timing can change a player's value dramatically. Also, teams desiring versatile players for smaller lineups perhaps limited the big man's options.
That's not to say Seraphin is without options. According to Michael Scotto with Sheridan Sports, the Knicks, Lakers and Wizards "continue to show interest."
In order for a return to Washington, the Wizards must open a roster slot. They currently have the maximum 15 players with guaranteed contracts. However, the backup center spot behind Marcin Gortat remains uncertain, at least until the team states Nene fills that role going forward. There also isn't much in the way of playing time up front especially with Washington planning on using Jared Dudley at stretch-4.
In terms of minutes, the Knicks might even make less sense. New York added big men Robin Lopez, Kyle O'Quinn and Derrick Williams this offseason in addition to drafting 6-foot-11 Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall selection. Factor in the likelihood that Carmelo Anthony receives time at power forward and Seraphin would need help for a consistent role.
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The Lakers are another story. Los Angeles added All-Star center Roy Hibbert this offseason, but the former Georgetown star is more defender than scoring standout. Seraphin is essentially the opposite, meaning the Lakers could switch up their look depending on the situation.
The situation for Seraphin, J.R. Smith, Rasual Butler and others involves patience. Eventually teams will fill out their rosters. There just isn't a rush right now.