Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Thursday 08 December 2022 at 19:48
No longer part of New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau’s plans, Evan Fournier has a very good chance of being traded before the Feb. 9 deadline.
In March 2021, the day the transfer market closed, Evan Fournier was sent to Boston from Orlando. Two years later, the French player stands a good chance of suffering the same fate. While the “deadline” is set for February 9, 2023, the Knicks guard (or wing) will most likely no longer be in the workforce at that time. In any case, this is what the reporter is from The Athletic Fred Katz, who follows the New York franchise on a daily basis. According to him, Knicks executives have called numerous franchises to discuss the idea of a trade, knowing that 73% of players are currently open to the trade and 89% will be in a week. a new contract in the summer cannot be negotiated until December 15th. But let’s not forget that trades are rarely made at this time of year, but rather just before the February deadline. Also according to the journalist, the Knicks would be ready to add Immanuel Quickley or Cam Reddich to Evan Fournier to be more attractive for a trade. However, on 22 November, the player with 95 selections for France admitted that he did not want to be swapped, for a very special reason: “My wife is pregnant. She will give birth in February. So let me swap now means I won’t see my family for several months , I won’t see my new son. I’m at a stage in my career where I don’t want to go through all this,” he told several French journalists. But maybe he will have no choice …
Mixed record for the Knicks, with or without Fournier
Joining in summer 2021 from Boston, Evan Fournier (30) will earn $18 million this season, then $18.8 million next. The 19 million option, on the other hand, will have to be exercised, or not, by the franchise where it will be in 2024-25. Still a starter to start the season, the Frenchman played in just seven games in the five majors before taking a six-game bench seat. But as of November 15, his coach Tom Thibodeau has decided against him playing at all. In the end, the record is mixed: six wins and seven losses for the Knicks when Fournier was playing, and six wins and six losses since he stopped playing.