Free agent big man Kevin Seraphin has agreed to a deal with the Pacers and will play in the NBA for at least another season, but actually staying in the league was not Seraphin’s first option for much of the summer. In an interview with HoopsHype, Seraphin said joining Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona was his priority for several weeks in the offseason.
“Barcelona was my first option,” the French center told HoopsHype. “I talked to the GM. He called me. After that, I talked to the coach and they were my first option. But they made us wait. They were like, ‘We have to make room’. Then they told us they could not do it because they couldn’t make room. That’s when my new agent (Bouna Ndiaye) started calling teams in the NBA and seeing if we could get a deal. That’s why it took so long, because we were exploring that option first. I was looking forward to an opportunity to play a lot and show people what I can do. Since it didn’t happen with Barcelona, we looked at opportunities in the NBA… And then Barcelona came back! But it was too late then because we were in the process of talking to NBA teams, then I tried out with Indiana for a couple of days and now I’m with the Pacers.”
A six-year NBA veteran, Seraphin averaged 3.9 ppg and 2.6 rpg with the Knicks last season. Per The Vertical’s report, his contract with Indiana is worth $3.6 million over two years.