1:01pm: The deal is official, the team announced (Twitter link).
THURSDAY, 9:44am: Seraphin’s agency, Klutch Sports, tweeted a photo that shows the big man putting pen to paper as he sits next to Knicks GM Steve Mills, so evidently, the contract is signed, though the Knicks have yet to make a formal announcement.
TUESDAY, 10:11am: The Knicks and Kevin Seraphin have reached agreement on a one-year, $2.8MM deal, a league source tells Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops (Twitter link). It would appear New York is using its $2.814MM room exception on the free agent center and Rich Paul client who figures to become the primary backup for Robin Lopez, whom the Knicks signed in July.
The Wizards, for whom Seraphin has played all of his five NBA seasons, and Lakers were still in pursuit as of last week, as Scotto reported then. The Suns and Mavs appeared to be suitors in the early going, while the Spurs and Thunder reportedly saw him as a fallback option. The former 17th overall pick had seemingly been looking for an opportunity to start, but outside of the Mavs, none of the teams in the race for him appear to have openings in the middle. He played this past season as a backup to Marcin Gortat in Washington after signing his qualifying offer last summer.
New York has only been carrying 12 guaranteed deals, as our roster counts show, so there’s certainly room enough for Seraphin, who presumably becomes the 13th. Langston Galloway figures to stick on his partially guaranteed contract, and the team is reportedly expected to sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo, so the addition of Seraphin does make it especially difficult to envision Darion Atkins or Wesley Saunders making it to opening night on their camp deals.
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