Wizards sign Seraphin to rookie deal

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards have signed No. 17 overall pick Kevin Seraphin, who was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Chicago Bulls.

Seraphin, a 6-foot-9 forward from French Guyana, spent the past four years playing for Cholet Basket. The French club signed him to a three-year contract in August, and he had to negotiate a buyout in order to join the Wizards.

Seraphin was acquired from the Bulls in the trade that also brought veteran guard Kirk Hinrich to Washington.

Under the NBA's pay scale for rookies, Seraphin gets a four-year contract that guarantees him about $2.7 million the first two years, with the Wizards holding options for the third and fourth years.