Lakers Rumors: Analyzing Potential Fit for Kevin Seraphin in LA

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 30, 2015

Washington Wizards' Kevin Seraphin in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have certainly bolstered their frontcourt this offseason, landing All-Star Roy Hibbert in a trade, signing savvy veteran Brandon Bass in free agency and drafting Larry Nance Jr. in the first round.

Although the power forward position figures to be well-stocked with the latter two and thanks to Julius Randle's return from injury, the depth behind Hibbert is scarce. That's why past Washington Wizards reserve Kevin Seraphin is an intriguing fit for the Lakers.

Sheridan Hoops' Michael Scotto reports LA is interested in Seraphin, along with the Wizards and New York Knicks.

Seraphin is just 25 years old and has averaged only 16.4 minutes in five seasons with Washington. His per 36-minute numbers are nevertheless respectable at 14.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, per Basketball-Reference.com.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post also reported the Lakers are smitten with Seraphin. Wizards guard Bradley Beal explained why his squad has been intrigued with Seraphin and kept him around since 2010.

"We stay on him because we know how good he can be, and I think sometimes he doesn't realize how talented he really is," Beal said in January. "I tell him all the time, 'I'm going to give you the ball, and in my opinion no one can guard you in the post.'"

There appears to be upside for Seraphin to explore on the offensive end. His lack of consistency may be brought on by being unable to carve out a consistent rhythm or role, something he may have a better shot at doing on a Lakers team that isn't quite ready for the playoffs in the West.

Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times notes how Washington will have difficulty bringing Seraphin back:

Eric Pincus @EricPincus

If Wizards want to bring back Kevin Seraphin - they'll need to dump someone, already 15 guaranteed @BBallInsiders http://t.co/spUVBPMIQY

The former first-round pick is the ideal backup option behind Hibbert in Los Angeles, should the Lakers opt to go that route. Although he's not a legitimate 7-footer, he sports a thick frame at 6'10" and 278 pounds. His physicality, rebounding and rim-protecting ability are all assets LA could use.

Consistent effort has been part of Hibbert's problem in recent years, so it would be interesting to see if Seraphin could coexist and thrive based on what's happened in the past.

If Hibbert doesn't pan out amid a contract year, though, suddenly the Lakers are without a clear-cut option at center. Robert Sacre and Tarik Black are hardly long-term answers on the front line, so Seraphin could get his wish to be a starter soon enough.

Between the drive Hibbert ought to have with the possibility of a huge payday looming and the new, competitive environment Seraphin could enjoy in LA, this is a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for the Lakers to pounce on.

The two big men could well feed off each other to help complement what's become a rather loaded Los Angeles perimeter rotation that features D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and, of course, Kobe Bryant. This team would suddenly look all the more formidable—at least on paper.

The Lakers have been criticized for missing out on big-name free agents in recent years. Seraphin won't move the meter much initially, yet he has the talent, blend of skills and needs fulfillment worthy of donning the iconic purple and gold uniform.


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