Before Kevin Seraphin agreed to sign a $3.89 million qualifying offer from the Wizards, he had a minor procedure to clean out his troublesome right knee, CSNwashington.com had confirmed late Wednesday with a person with knowledge of the situation and a second person Thursday morning.
Then FIBA released a list of players who wouldn't be competing in the Basketball World Cup in Spain on Thursday which included Seraphin. The Wizards would not release him to play because of the surgery which was minor.
The surgery was expected given Seraphin's difficult season with the Wizards in which he had recurring issues with swelling in the knee. His playing time was sporadic, and when he had a chance to play his way back into the rotation he couldn't because of the health issues.
Seraphin had swelling that forced him to miss a game and then a bruise in December that put him on the shelf. An MRI didn't reveal any structural damage.
When Nene went down with a knee injury on Feb. 23, that opened the door for Seraphin but he still didn't play. The knee issue returned and Drew Gooden, who had been acquired three days prior, showed well and earned the the spot. Seraphin missed eight consecutive games in March because of the knee.
Given the issues the Wizards had with bigs being injured last season, they value Seraphin and are pleased he signed the offer after he tested the market. Seraphin can't be traded for one year, however, without his consent per collective bargaining agreement rules regarding qualifying offers.
So while DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries may be better in some areas, the Wizards realize the 6-10 Serpahin playing at his optimum level has a unique ability to get buckets. And doing so will increase his value when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.
They want him to come into camp, which should start around Sept. 30, in better condition to give him a better chance to succeed. That means 270 pounds or less.