As Rant Sports’ Justin Brown touched on yesterday, San Antonio Spurs big man DeJuan Blair going to the Washington Wizards is a rumor currently circulating. While I’ve previously touched on Chris Singleton‘s and Jan Vesely‘s tenuous positions within the Wizards’ organization, this rumor indicates that one Kevin Seraphin may be the player on the outs.
With Blair not particularly agile enough to guard power forwards — having no ACLs can have that effect — he would seemingly have to play center for Washington despite the fact that he is generously listed at 6-foot-7. Since Emeka Okafor is entrenched as the starting center, Blair profiles as Washington’s backup center, a spot currently filled by Seraphin.
While the Wizards technically have an open roster spot to slot Blair into, I find it hard to believe that they would go through the trouble of a sign-and-trade with San Antonio unless they planned on giving him some significant burn next season.
With that said, all logic points to Seraphin as the odd man out. Much like Blair, Seraphin doesn’t possess the agility to move over to power forward, leaving Washington with the option of either trading him or burying him on the depth chart. Seeing that Seraphin is a former first-round pick who has shown flashes of his vast potential, the latter doesn’t seem like a viable option with the dearth of centers around the league.
While trading a young serviceable big who still possesses considerable upside is a risky move, Washington can’t let Seraphin languish away on the bench. Washington has too many holes–shooting, shooting and more shooting– for them not to cash in a trade chip like Seraphin.
While distributing minutes to a center rotation of Okafor, Seraphin and Blair would be tough on head coach Randy Wittman, it’s a problem many coaches wouldn’t mind having. Unfortunately for Washington, it’s one they can’t currently afford.