Second round pick Hamady N'Diaye unlikely to play for the Wizards this season

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Though Washington first rounder Kevin Seraphin is on his way over to the States from France, the Wizards’ second round pick (or really, the Timberwolves’ second round pick that was then traded to the Wiz, if you want to be terribly specific), Rutgers big man Hamady N’Diaye, will likely be heading overseas for the upcoming season. From Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

The Wizards are unlikely to sign second-round pick Hamady Ndiaye for
the upcoming season, according to a league source. They still retain
his rights, but the source said that Hamady Ndiaye is also looking into
playing overseas next season. The 6-foot-11 center whom Coach Flip
Saunders affectionately likes to call, “H,” had an uninspiring showing
in summer league, as he averaged just 3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1
blocked shot in limited minutes. He had nine points, seven rebounds and
four blocks in the finale against New York, but the Wizards are not
pressed to put him in uniform just yet.

N’Diaye is only 23, so he has plenty of time to get his career on track, and a stint for a European team could do him a lot of good. Plus, had there was no way for N’Diaye to go to the D-League without the Wizards surrendering a roster spot (or renouncing N’Diaye’s rights), so this solution makes sense for both parties.

With Seraphin, JaVale McGee, and Andray Blatche splitting time at the 5, Washington had no immediate need for N’Diaye. So they’ll let him ripen a bit, work on his game, and re-evaluate for next season.

Wizards first rounder Kevin Seraphin to buy out of current contract, play in Washington this season

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wizards_logo.gifKevin Seraphin making the jump to the NBA this season was touch-and-go there for awhile, but the No. 17 pick is now set to make his debut with the Wizards this fall. Seraphin has reached a buyout agreement with his current club, Cholet, and will play in the NBA this season, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.

The Wiz need him. While adding Kirk Hinrich and John Wall makes for an awfully crowded backcourt, JaVale McGee, Hilton Armstrong, and Hamady N’Diaye were slated to play most of the minutes at center next season, with Andray Blatche also sliding over to the 5 at times.

That’s not a group of prospects that inspires a terrible amount of confidence. It’s highly likely that Seraphin is already a better NBA big than Armstrong, and both he and N’Diaye will provide intriguing rotation alternatives for Flip Saunders. The lion’s share of the center minutes will be McGee’s to lose, but Seraphin and N’Diaye are quite talented, very athletic, and ready to roll.