Kevin Seraphin says he asked for a trade from the Wizards multiple times
The Washington Wizards were one of the quieter teams during this offseason’s free agency period. The team was not linked to the big name free agents but they were still able to make important moves to bolster their lineup. They also may have added by subtraction with Kevin Seraphin.
Seeing some of their players from last season sign with other teams, they quickly looked for replacements to fill the gaps. Starting power forward Nene moved to the Houston Rockets and shooting guard Jared Dudley decided to play once again for the Phoenix Suns, but they were able to make successful signings with Trey Burke and Ian Mahinmi agreeing to join the team.
These moves may seem as a norm especially during an offseason, but one of their former players has now spoken on why he wanted to leave the Wizards and demanded for a trade from the team management. Frenchman forward-center Kevin Seraphin, who is spending his vacation in his home country, recently spoke to local newspaper L’Equipe about his forgettable experience with the franchise. Serpahin clearly sounded frustrated on how he was treated and the effect his former coach had on his playing time.
As translated by HoopsHype:
“Every year from my second season, I asked for a trade, and every year it was the same thing: ‘We love you, we do not want to see you leave, you have a lot of potential.’ There was even a point when they said, ‘If we do not get an All-Star in return, we will not trade Kevin.’
“(The year Paul Pierce arrived) may have been the hardest for me because I was really in shape. My playing time fluctuated without reason. I spoke a lot with Paul (Pierce) and John (Wall). And they did not understand. This summer, I met a staff member of the Wizards in a New York restaurant. He said, ‘Your problem is that you got Randy Wittman.'”
Now with the Indiana Pacers, the 6-foot-10 Kevin Seraphin is looking to resurrect his career and show everyone that he can compete with the best in the league. After getting lost in the Wizards’ rotation the past two seasons, he looks forward to bouncing back in a big way and getting ample playing time to showcase his talent.
Given his height and because he can play both the four and five positions, the former 17th pick of the 2010 draft can be the first player off the bench for either spot. Kevin Serpahin can back up newly-signed Al Jefferson or last season’s standout rookie, Myles Turner, and have a decent share of the minutes in Indiana.