Seraphin signs qualifying offer

The Washington Wizards continued a busy offseason by retaining one of their own with the signing of center Kevin Seraphin to a one-year qualifying offer of $3.89 million, according to sources familiar with the deal.

The deal, first reported by Yahoo, makes Seraphin the 14th player signed with the franchise, which recently inked deals with center Marcin Gortat and forward Drew Gooden. Both Gortat and Gooden were with the Wizards last season when the club advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The move means the Wizards have one spot remaining on a roster that includes six post players following the addition of forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. Humphries and Blair recently signed free agent contracts.

The Wizards also added veteran forward Paul Pierce, who signed for two years at $11 million.

Seraphin, 24, averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 53 games last season. He has played four seasons with Washington after the Wizards made the native of French Guiana the 17th overall selection the 2010 draft.

Seraphin’s signing was the second move the Wizards made on Friday. Earlier in the afternoon, the Wizards re-signed guard Garrett Temple to a two-year deal. Temple is set to receive the veterans’ minimum next season with a player’s option in 2015-16.

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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