I’m not particularly fond of the Bulls trade that has the Wizards getting Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick in last night’s draft (Kevin Seraphin) for a future 2nd rounder, but I’ll withhold complete judgment until things settle a bit more.
It’s just that paying a guard who everyone says is a great perimeter defender (more so because of smarts and moxie than athletic ability), but who can’t seem to consistently shoot $17 million over the next two years (minus the $3 million the Bulls are evidently sending to D.C., which doesn’t affect Hinrich’s cap hit), along with sending Chicago a future second round pick, for a 6’9″ French big man with a knee injury who barely speaks English sounds fishy. But that’s just me.
Yes, I realize that Hinrich will actually be a player for the Wizards, and not just a dollar sign. But his two year contract is essentially like paying someone else’s player, i.e., the free-agent thing that Ted Leonsis mostly doesn’t want to do. I mean, the OKC Thunder were able to get the 18th pick for the 32nd pick and taking only the 2-years, around $5.3 million left on Daequan Cook’s contract. Seems like Thunder GM Sam Presti made the better move.
Initially, it appears that the Hinrich move somewhat limits flexibility and makes me wonder if Gilbert Arenas’ days in D.C. are numbered … and realize that Shaun Livingston’s days are likely over.
Then again, maybe Hinrich will be great for the team. Maybe he’ll mentor John Wall better than anyone else can … if that’s what the Wizards want, Sam Cassell is still around too.
And maybe the French kid taken with the 17th pick will be the steal of the draft. Who knows. With NBA futures, it’s a huge unknown.
So let’s get to this Seraphin kid real quick. Michael Lee has some background about him on Wizards Insider, including that team personnel scouted him overseas and that the Cleveland Cavaliers might have been trying to trade into the first round to get him.
Dan Steinberg has more about Seraphin on the DC Sports Bog, including his most blog-worthy moment to date. When Seraphin was trying to explain his style of play, with the assistance of a French translator, he interrupted the translation and started speaking English.
“Rebound, block shot, toughness … like ahh …,” Seraphin then banged his fist into the palm of his hand. The room broke out in laughter.
Maybe this guy will workout in D.C. after all. Can’t wait to see how JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche handle some toughness down low. Hope they’re ready to bang too.
Let’s watch Seraphin’s post-selection press conference.
that Bulls hat won’t be around much longer …