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Report: Kevin Seraphin drawing interest from Wizards, Lakers, Mavericks

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Kevin Seraphin is a solid NBA backup center who wanted to find a starting job somewhere this summer. I’m sorry Kevin, but it’s not going to work out that way.

He’s solid, but not really starter quality. Last season in Washington he played 15 minutes a night, scored 6.6 points on 51.3 percent shooting, grabbed 3.3 boards and was reliable nightly. He doesn’t have much shooting range, and in the past there have been issues with fouling and turnovers. That was enough to keep teams with starting spots looking elsewhere.

Washington would love to bring him back and have him behind Marcin Gortat in the rotation again. But they are not alone in the mix, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The Suns and Spurs also have some interest.

Dallas makes sense, they will start Zaza Pachulia at the five and try to have shooters everywhere, Seraphin would get some good run behind him and be a quality change of pace. It has long been known that once DeAndre Jordan flipped on the Mavericks Seraphin became a big target of theirs.

The Lakers make less sense, they have Roy Hibbert and Robert Sacre under contract, plus they are bringing in rookie Robert Upshaw and giving him a chance to make the roster. Seraphin only makes sense if they don’t think Upshaw makes the team and they plan to move Sacre.

We know the Wizards want him back, we know that. The Suns already have Tyson Chandler and Alex Len at the five. The Spurs don’t have a more traditional big-body center with Tiago Splitter gone, but their roster seems fairly set.

Of course, the decision will come down to one thing: Money. Playing time too, but money wins out almost every time.

Jahlil Okafor shows off offensive potential vs. Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers v Philadlephia 76ers
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The Lakers couldn’t have gone wrong picking at No. 2, choosing between Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell. It will be three to five years before we know if the Lakers made the smarter choice, but there was not a bad one.

However, the polished Okafor was always more likely to be the better rookie. He showed some of that off against the Lakers in a summer league game Saturday, scoring 19 points (on 6-of-14 shooting), grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists, leading the Sixers in all three categories.

Once again, check out the patience, court awareness and footwork on this play.

Mark Cuban pretends he’s never heard of DeAndre Jordan (VIDEO)

Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors
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Mark Cuban has talked plenty about DeAndre Jordan’s decision to go back on his original verbal commitment to the Mavericks and re-sign with the Clippers.

Cuban talked about how Jordan didn’t call him, then didn’t take his apology.

But when Cuban went on the NBA TV broadcast from Summer League of his Mavericks and was asked about Jordan he dodged the issue in a pretty damn funny way.

Watch highlights of Karl-Anthony Towns impressive first Summer League game

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You can see where Karl-Anthony Towns has the chance to be special.

At moments he looked like what he is — a rookie in his first Summer League game, adjusting to a new style of play — but in parts of his debut against the Lakers Friday night you could see it. With some of the shots and passing, the way ne moves, there is the potential for him to be a real franchise cornerstone in Minnesota. He shot 4-of-10 for 11 points.

Brett Pollakoff of PBT was in Las Vegas for that game and spoke with Towns afterward, if you want more depth than a video check it out. If not, just replay what’s above.

Report: Sacramento Kings near deal to sign Andrea Bargnani

Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks
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Knicks fans are about to freak out at this statement, but it’s true: Andrea Bargnani played okay for them down the stretch last season. By the time he returned to the court from injury last February, the Knicks were out of out of the playoff picture, but he put up 14.8 points per game and shot 36.6 percent from three. He had a PER of 16.6, above the league average. He’s never going to live up to the hype of being drafted No. 1, and he’s not going to help a team out defensively, but if his role is limited and off the bench he could help a team.

The Sacramento Kings need more shooting, and they are about to land him.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.

Bargnani was not worth the $11.5 million the Knicks paid him last season, but if the Kings can get him for the minimum or a couple million, it’s not a bad deal.

Sacramento has guys who are going to get a lot of run that teams are going to dare to shoot the jumper — Rajon Rondo at the point, rookie Willie Cauley Stein — and they needed some guys who can space the floor. This is not a game changer for the Kings, but it wouldn’t be a terrible signing, either.