While the Los Angeles Lakers continue to march in the right direction this offseason, it couldn't hurt the team to keep the momentum alive by grabbing a role player such as Kevin Seraphin off the open market.
It's the point of the offseason where fans start to turn away. It makes sense, too. General manager Mitch Kupchak and the front office grabbed D'Angelo Russell in the draft to pair with Julius Randle. It then added stellar sixth man Lou Williams and even stole rookie Robert Upshaw off the market.
Yet the Lakers need to stay active, especially with Seraphin still being available.
According to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears, the Lakers are one of many teams to have an interest:
As they should.
Seraphin is just 25 years old and last year averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game on an average of 15.6 minutes with the Washington Wizards.
Washington never gave Seraphin much of a chance, but what he showed in flashes seems to have the attention of the Lakers.
And others, of course. The Dallas Mavericks need a big man after the DeAndre Jordan debacle. Washington needs the depth down low, and it would not hurt to bring back someone familiar with the organization.
Per the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo, a re-up with Washington continues to look like a solid option:
There’s a slim chance Seraphin, 25, could return to Washington. The team lacks young big men and could use another one after acquiring wing depth in Jared Dudley, Gary Neal and Alan Anderson. But the Wizards have conducted business this summer under the assumption that Seraphin would move on.
Still, the Lakers have the right idea with the interest.
While Seraphin seems like a similar player to Roy Hibbert, the team lost Jordan Hill this offseason. A workmanlike role behind Hibbert remains vacant with Hill gone. Robert Sacre is still on the roster, but he's not an ideal first option off the bench.
While Upshaw is an exciting pickup, he's a long way from making an NBA roster. Taking the next step and seeing regular playing time is another conversation. He could turn out to be a feel-good story and a major steal, but so soon is doubtful.
The Lakers have a strong chance in the sweepstakes, too. Right now it seems Seraphin has iffy luck on the market, and it might pertain to his desires to act as a starter.
"I definitely want a chance to be a starter," Seraphin, told CSNWashington.com's J. Michael in May. "I definitely want to be somewhere I have a chance to be a starter."
Los Angeles cannot fulfill such a want but neither can any of the teams mentioned by Spears. It doesn't seem like the Lakers would have a tough sell, though—not with the location being Los Angeles and his role as the first player off the bench down low or if there is an injury.
At the least, the interest in Seraphin shows the Lakers aren't content to just sit on their hands and not further improve.
Seraphin represents a low cost and low risk, the upside of a strong role player off the bench with plenty of room and youth to further develop his game and still make a difference.
At this point of the offseason, it's the type of move a contender makes. It's easy for teams to fall into a lull and roll with what's on the roster. Los Angeles isn't doing so. Seraphin improves the roster, so look for the Lakers to stay in the hunt until the forward puts ink to paper with his next team.
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