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Kevin Seraphin wanted Wizards to trade him since 2011

The former Wizards big man wanted to leave Washington for quite some time.

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Kevin Seraphin is currently playing for the Pacers after signing a two-year, $3.6 million contract earlier this month.

In an interview with Yann Soudé of L’Equipe (link only in French), Seraphin mentioned that he wanted the Wizards to trade him since his sophomore season in 2011-12. Jorge Sierra of Hoopshype has an English translation of the most significant section here:

This is pretty telling stuff. Here are the main takeaways I got from those lines:

From hindsight, the Wizards were overvaluing Seraphin during the course of his rookie contract from 2010-11 through 2013-14. Though I think that Seraphin could have been traded to another team during the course of his rookie deal, I just don’t see how he could have been worth an NBA All-Star in return unless he played starter-level minutes AND was performing at a high level on the court.

The Wizards staff member who Seraphin spoke to basically explained one reason why Wittman was let go after last season. Wittman had a quick leash on younger post players during his time, and Seraphin was no exception. If Scott Brooks was coaching the Wizards when Seraphin was around, it’s reasonable to assume that he’d play more.

But, that staff member also seems to be throwing Wittman under the bus a bit. The Wizards’ front court became quite veteran-laden in part to help Wittman. The front office — meaning Ernie Grunfeld and his team — also brought in many veteran posts like Nene, Emeka Okafor, Marcin Gortat, Al Harrington, and Drew Gooden. All of these players took away minutes Seraphin could have been playing. And of course, some of it may be on the man himself too.

I’m not going to say whether Wittman or Grunfeld was more responsible for not helping put Seraphin in a great position in Washington. But I wished that Seraphin could have been a starting post for the Wizards at this point in his career, and I’m just disappointed that it didn’t work that way.