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Wizards to Make Offer to Kevin Seraphin, Decline Offer to Trevor Booker

June 29th, 2014 at 3:34 PM
By Andy Livingston

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The Washington Wizards continue their acquisition of capital by not picking up the option of Trevor Booker. Booker's season with the Wizards was productive and due to his play in 72 games he was eligible for a bump in his extension worth $4.7 million. There is still the possibility that Booker can re-sign with the Wizards for a long-term deal with a lower salary, but with his unrestricted status Booker can talk to every team starting on Tuesday.

The Wizards took a step in the other direction by announcing they plan on picking up Kevin Seraphin's option worth $3.9 million. Seraphin's season was wonky with injury and coach Randy Wittman took him out of the lineup regularly. It's rumored that the Wizards front office sees something in Seraphin's advance stats that make him more likeable on the defensive end and that's why they're picking his option.

Defense is Randy Wittman's specialty and the Wizards do have two potent offensive weapons in John Wall and Bradley Beal, but it appears they are freeing up as much money as possible to go hard after unrestricted free agents Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza.

Ariza's been rumored to be high on teams want list, including his hometown Los Angeles Lakers and Gortat's name has been floating around a number of place. It seemed when the big trade between the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks went through that the Mavs were no longer in contention for Gortat, but one rumor that isn't going away is that the Miami Heat are gunning for Gortat.

With the Big Three of Miami opting out, along with Norris Cole, and a number of empty spots on their roster, the Heat have as much as $55 million to offer free agents (including their returning stars). It would be hard to sweeten a deal against the Heat, but it appears the Wizards are trying to squeeze out as much as they can.

Tags: Basketball, Kevin Seraphin, Marcin Gortat, NBA, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Washington, Washington Wizards

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