Veteran guard Evan Fournier has agreed to a four-year, $78 million deal with the New York Knicks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The French national previously signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Orlando Magic in 2016 and was traded to the Boston Celtics this past March.
Free agent Evan Fournier has agreed to a four-year deal that could be worth as much as $78M with the New York Knicks, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
Starting in 26 games for the Magic last season, ‘Don’t Google’ was enjoying career high efforts in points (19.7) and assists (3.7) per game before being shipped to Boston midseason as part of Orlando’s efforts to rebuild. Down the stretch, he would start 10 of the remaining 16 regular season games for the Celtics before putting up career-high postseason scoring numbers of 15.4 points a game on 42.9 shooting. The 28-year-old is starting to come into his own and looks to increase his output as a perennial starter.
The Knicks have already lost free agent guard Reggie Bullock on Monday to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks were able to retain Alec Burks on a three-year, $30 million deal. Nerlens Noel is being brought back as well as a backup center. Derrick Rose is reportedly coming back on a three-year, $43 million deal. So the Knicks have a ton of money tied up to Rose, Noel, Burks and Fournier over the next 3-4 seasons.
This likely won’t go over well with Knicks fans.
New York isn’t positioning itself well to compete for any big free agents in the next few seasons. The team has an OK young core with RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and Julius Randle. Is bringing back most of the supporting class going to result in anything more than an early playoff exit? Probably not. So these moves are pretty perplexing but also not entirely surprising with Thibs as coach.