Kevin Seraphin signs one-year deal with New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks appear to have beaten off competition from the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards to secure the signing of Frenchman, Kevin Seraphin.

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According to ESPN, the NYC franchise have agreed a one-year contract with the center who was widely regarded as one of the top remaining big men available in free agency.

Seraphin, 25, has played all five of his years in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and averaged 6.6 points and just under 4 rebounds per game for the Eastern Conference side last season.


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The Washington Post's Jorge Castillo provided further details on the Knicks' latest offseason move:

"The center has signed a one-year contract worth $2.8 million with the New York Knicks, according to a person with knowledge of the situation."

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Seraphin had previously been attracting interest from the Lakers but it looks like the 6 ft 9 inch star has opted to stay in the Eastern Conference.

His move away from the Wizards - who did have the option to bring him back for the 2015-16 campaign - is reportedly motivated by a desire to up his minutes on in the court.

The fact, though, that the Knicks' marquee free agency signing, Robin Lopez, is also a center might lead some to question whether Seraphin will get his wish under the Phil Jackson/Derek Fisher regime.

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However, until today's deal, Lopez was the only player on the Knicks roster listed as a center and the franchise's hierarchy clearly see Seraphin's arrival as a big boost to their bench ahead of the upcoming season.

While his production hasn't always been at the consistency levels he would have liked, New York fans will be excited to see whether the European star.

Kevin Seraphin's arrival likely marks the final offseason move for the New York Knicks who, despite being rebuffed by their primary free agency targets, have been fairly busy this summer.

Alongside Robin Lopez, Phil Jackson has overseen the arrival of Arron Afflalo (guard), Derrick Williams (forward) and Kyle O’Quinn (forward/center), as well as selecting exciting Euro talent Kristaps Porzingis in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Knicks fans: How would you grade New York's offseason moves? Have your say in the comments below...

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