HoopsHype Kevin Seraphin rumors

August 29, 2010 Updates

Wizards first-round pick Kevin Seraphin probably would've liked to have been on the floor when France upset heavy favorite Spain to open the world championships, but he wasn't complaining too much. Seraphin's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, said his client has received his work visa and arrived in Washington on Saturday. Seraphin was cut from the French team after he was unable to recover from his minor knee injury suffered during the European championships. Washington Post

Ndiaye said that Seraphin would begin rehabbing with the Wizards' training staff on Sunday. Seraphin, who reached a buyout agreement with his French team, Cholet, last month, was unable to participate in the rookie training program because he had not obtained his work visa. When asked if Seraphin was pleased to finally have his paperwork completed to come to the United States, Ndiaye said, "Of course." Washington Post

August 19, 2010 Updates
July 30, 2010 Updates

The Washington Wizards have signed No. 17 overall pick Kevin Seraphin, who was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Chicago Bulls. Seraphin, a 6-foot-9 forward from French Guyana, spent the past four years playing for Cholet Basket. The French club signed him to a three-year contract in August, and he had to negotiate a buyout in order to join the Wizards. Seraphin was acquired from the Bulls in the trade that also brought veteran guard Kirk Hinrich to Washington. USA Today

July 29, 2010 Updates

The Washington Wizards signed Kevin Seraphin according Comcast SportsNet Chris Miller, making him available the first day of training camp in late September. Miller also reports that Seraphin reached a buyout with France Pro-A League's Cholet Basket of $500,000 in order to sign with the Wizards. CSNWashington.com

The Wizards roster will soon be at 12 players after first-round pick Kevin Seraphin's contract is validated by the league office in the next few days. Seraphin recently reached a buyout agreement with his French club, Cholet, with the Wizards paying $500,000 to free him from his obligations, according to his agent, Bouna Ndiaye. Seraphin was acquired, along with Kirk Hinrich, in a draft-day deal with Chicago. As the 17th overall pick, he can sign a two-year deal worth about $2.7 million, with the Wizards holding team options for the next two years. With Josh Howard expected to sign a one-year deal Thursday, the Wizards payroll now stands at roughing $53 million, which still gives them about $5 million to fill out the roster. Washington Post

July 24, 2010 Updates

While McGee hopes to hang on, Wizards first-round pick Kevin Seraphin was cut from the French team earlier this week. His release was hardly a surprise since he has yet to fully recover from a knee injury suffered in May. Seraphin, whom the Wizards obtained in a pre-draft deal with Chicago, was in town for summer league minicamp but was limited to light workouts and spectator duty while he still works out a buyout agreement from his team, Cholet, and recovers from his knee injury. Seraphin had no intention of playing for France this summer and was recently quoted in the French publication, LeFigaro.fr, saying that his "priority is the NBA." He also said, through a loose Google translation, that is his plan was "to integrate myself into the team next year, I can not take risks knowing that I am not 100 percent right now." The United States will play France in an exhibition on Aug. 15 at Madison Square Garden. It will interesting to see if any Wizards are around for that game. Washington Post

July 21, 2010 Updates

France have cut injured pair Antoine Diot and Kevin Seraphin from their preliminary squad for the 2010 FIBA World Championship as they begin their training camp in Pau. Coach Vincent Collet had wanted to give each player a chance to prove he could recover from his problem, but with neither close to a return they have been released. FIBA.com

July 8, 2010 Updates

The Wizards are expected to finally complete in the next few hours their trade with Chicago for Kirk Hinrich and the rights to 17th overall pick Kevin Seraphin. The deal, which cost the Wizards only a second-round pick, was agreed upon hours before the NBA draft three weeks ago. The Bulls are still working out details of their deal to sign free agent Carlos Boozer, which has placed the trade with Washington on the backburner. The two sides are expected to have a quick conference call, with an announcement to follow soon after that. Washington Post

June 25, 2010 Updates
June 24, 2010 Updates

After the selection of Kevin Seraphin, a 6-10 power forward from France, with the 17th pick of the first round, Bulls general manager Gar Forman released a statement and essentially confirmed the reported trade that will send Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick to the Washington Wizards. "This evening we selected Kevin Seraphin with the 17th pick of the NBA draft," Forman said. "At this time, we are currently in discussions to trade our draft rights to Kevin Seraphin. However, we will not be able to complete a trade until after the moratorium period concludes on July 8. "With that said, we are not at liberty to identify the team we are talking to or reveal any other specifics of potential trades. Therefore, we will have no comment on this selection until we have completed all trade discussions." Chicago Sun-Times

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