After struggling last season with the Knicks, it seemed like Kevin Seraphin was out of the NBA. There wasn’t much interest from teams, but Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona was calling. Seraphin seemed ready to live on gambes a la planxa (shrimp and garlic) for a season.
Thursday, Seraphin signed a two-year deal with the Indiana Pacers, which is fully guaranteed for this coming season.
What changed? Barcelona stalled, Seraphin told Hoopshype after inking his deal with Indy.
“Barcelona was my first option,” the French center told HoopsHype. “I talked to the GM. He called me. After that, I talked to the coach and they were my first option. But they made us wait. They were like, ‘We have to make room’. Then they told us they could not do it because they couldn’t make room. That’s when my new agent (Bouna Ndiaye) started calling teams in the NBA and seeing if we could get a deal. That’s why it took so long, because we were exploring that option first. I was looking forward to an opportunity to play a lot and show people what I can do. Since it didn’t happen with Barcelona, we looked at opportunities in the NBA… And then Barcelona came back! But it was too late then because we were in the process of talking to NBA teams, then I tried out with Indiana for a couple of days and now I’m with the Pacers.”
He who hesitates…
Financially this probably works out better for Seraphin, but he likely would have played more in Spain. The Pacers will start Myles Turner at the five, with Al Jefferson behind him. Seraphin will get a little run, and if he performs more like he did with the Wizards he will have a job next season with the Pacers or somewhere else.
If not, there is alway Spain. Tapas are amazing.