Knicks and Lakers battling for top remaining free agent center

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The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers have both endured frustrating offseasons.

Hoping to snag a couple of big name free agents in an effort to revamp their respective rosters after disastrous 2014-15 campaigns, both teams ended up missing out on their top targets.


That leaves the famous franchises looking at plans C and D at this stage of free agency and, according to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops, it also puts them in direct competition for one of the top centers still on the market.


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According to Scotto, the Lakers and Knicks are ramping up interest in Kevin Seraphin - most recently of the Washington Wizards.

With Tristan Thompson almost certainly re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the near future, Seraphin is effectively the best big man still out there in free agency.

He averaged 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds whilst playing around 15 minutes a night for Washington last season and has been a solid option off the bench in his four years in the league.

Good fit?

Whether he would be a good fit in either New York or Los Angeles though, is uncertain and their interest perhaps smacks more of desperation on their part to get deals done that to the value it would add to the roster.

The Knicks handed out big money to Robin Lopez as their marquee free agency signing and, alongside Kyle O'Quinn, appear set at the center rotation.

As for the Lakers, Roy Hibbert arrived in a trade with the Indiana Pacers and they still have veteran Robert Sacre on the depth chart as they bid to sure up a rebound-shy team.

Kevin Seraphin would only likely command a veteran's minimum type deal at this stage of free agency so wouldn't be a stretch for the Knicks or Lakers in terms of salary.

Whether either team finds more success at the lower end of the market now that the big guns have gone remains to be seen. 

NBA fans: Which team had the best free agency this summer? Have your say in the comments below...

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