Another Wizard has decided to play overseas this fall, with the unstable NBA labor situation forcing players to seek other options for employment. Big man Kevin Seraphin announced on Monday that he will play for Spanish Euroleague team, Caja Laboral Vitoria. Seraphin’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, confirmed the decision.
Seraphin had made up his mind to sign with Caja Laboral for some time but waited until after France finished second to Spain at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Lithuania. The choice was somewhat surprising since Seraphin was also considering an offer from Cholet Basket in Paris, the French team that developed him from age 16. Seraphin, the 17th overall pick of the 2010 draft, joins fellow second-year reserve Trevor Booker, who left last week for Israel, where he will play for Bnei HaSharon.
Ndiaye said in July that Seraphin would likely play in Europe if the NBA lockout was protracted. Ndiaye had been in talks with a few teams in France, including Cholet, but decided to join a team that also competes in Spain’s ACB, which is considered the best league in Europe. The 6-foot-9 Seraphin, a native of French Guyana, appeared in nine games for France at Eurobasket and averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds.
Seraphin averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 57 games with the Wizards. He has an out-clause to join the Wizards when the lockout ends.