Free agency money isn't about which players are better than whom. It's about supply and demand. For Kevin Seraphin, the Wizards' backup center for his five NBA seasons, this is his time to cash in as an unrestricted and possibly find the starting job he covets.
Seraphin, a person with knowledge of the situation told CSNwashington.com, is expected to seek sign-and-trade offers so he can find a more suitable landing spot. The Los Angeles Clippers, for instance, just lost DeAndre Jordan, don't have a quality starting center and no salary cap space.
A sign-and-trade would assist all parties involved. If Seraphin leaves Washington as a free agent, he'll limit his earning potential because he sacrifices his Bird rights. Instead of 7.5% raises each year of a contract, he'd be limited to 4.5% and he's eligible for fewer years.
For the Wizards, who don't have cap space but can re-sign their own free agent, they would acquire something in return such as a trade exception that's good for one year which could be applied to a future transaction. This is how they brought in Kris Humphries, Ramon Sessions and Jared Dudley.
When Trevor Ariza told them last summer that he was leaving to join the Houston Rockets, he could've left as a free agent. Instead, the Wizards re-signed him to ship him there in a sign-and-trade that was palatable to both teams. They received an $8.6 million trade exception, which allowed them to acquire players without having to give up anything more than a future protected second-round pick (Note: In getting Humphries this way, the Wizards sent piece of their exception to the Boston Celtics and eventually kept their pick because it was protected top 49).
And, of course, if the receiving team has a tight cap, it helps get around that. There's no indication that Seraphin's representation has made any such move yet but the Wizards would listen.
Seraphin has averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds as a reserve in Washington. His minutes fluctuated often, but he's a 6-10 wide body, with quick feet and a soft jump hook around the rim with either hand.