The Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin thought he was playing his last game with Spanish team Caja Laboral on Nov. 30. He even posted a message on Twitter this week that read, “DC soon.”
NBA owners and players are negotiating the final terms this weekend after establishing the framework of an agreement last Saturday. The deal is not expected to be finalized until Dec. 8 — the day before training camps are set to begin.
“The starting date of the out is the signing of the CBA, the end of the lockout. The lockout is still on, until this thing is signed,” Ndiaye said. “Some teams have said, ‘We are paying you until there is something signed.’ We are working on it with the Wizards and the NBA. He’s going to be fine.”
Ndiaye said he still expects Seraphin to play on Sunday against Lagun Aro Gipuzko, head to Paris the next day to collect some of his possessions and possibly return to Washington by Tuesday. “I think Sunday will be his last game anyway. Then, they will not pay him,” Ndiaye said in a telephone interview. “But that is his last game, for sure.”
Seraphin has played 16 games for Caja Laboral, a Spanish power that has has served as the home for several NBA players, such as Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, Jose Calderon, Tiago Splitter and Carlos Arroyo. He is also playing for hard-nosed coach Dusko Ivanovic. In seven Euroleague games, Seraphin was the team’s third-leading scorer, as he averaged 8.9 points and five rebounds. In nine games with the Spanish League, ACB – which is regarded as one of the best in Europe – Seraphin averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.
In his news conference on Friday, Wizards Coach Flip Saunders said Seraphin was one of the players he was most excited about seeing in training camp. Seraphin was among the busiest players this offseason, as he also helped France finish second to Spain at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Lithuania.
“Kevin has had a great summer and a great fall, playing over in Spain,” Saunders said. “He’s coming in camp with more ability of improvement because last year he came in, he didn’t know a lot about the NBA, language was a barrier, everything that he did was new, everyday in practice and everything we did, and the competition. Now he’s had a year with us, had a great run with the France team…then going over to Spain and playing and playing at a high level and playing pretty good. He’s going to come in, in the best shape that he’s probably ever been in, and he’s going to come in playing at a high level and with a lot of intensity.”
Wizards draft pick Jan Vesely is still waiting for a deal to be signed so that he can get a work visa to leave his home in the Czech Republic.