Author of a lackluster season for his debut at the Knicks, Evan Fournier could not make old bones in Gotham. Two destinations have just been mentioned in the event of an exchange of the Frenchman, and there are strong reasons for one of these scenarios to see the light of day.
Just over 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists on average: New York clearly expected more from Evan Fournier, for his first year. It is all the more certain that the rear has been handsomely paid by the franchise (78 million over four years) and that the production hardly corresponds to the investment, like the whole workforce. Besides. Suddenly, the leaders could well catch up by cutting the cord, in the coming days.
Indeed, NY wants to return to the front of the stage and to do this, it is a question of recovering a superstar in a trade. However, under these conditions, there is a good chance that the Frenchman will be sacrificed and sent elsewhere. Jesse Cinquini from the site The Knicks Wall notably sees the Olympic vice-champion land on the Jazz side, given that the two franchises are in discussion around Donovan Mitchell for a while :
San Antonio and Utah, bigger tracks for Fournier?
The hypothetical deal would send Mitchell to the Knicks for a package of four players, including Fournier, and six picks. Although Fournier is far from the most attractive asset for Utah, there is an important reason why he would be involved: salary. The Knicks need to send nearly even pay to Utah to complete a Mitchell trade. Therefore, one of New York’s biggest contracts (Fournier or Randle) has to go.
While costing far more than what it brought to the pitch in 2021-22, More Champagne has the ironic advantage of costing a lot of money, allowing its front office to further focus their bid for Spida. . Instead of sending several small salaries, their counterpart would largely revolve around the former Bostonian. At the Mormons, he could then quickly bounce back as a holder in position 2, in a team under reconstruction.
However, Salt Lake City is not the only alternative to consider in the case of the Habs. As Cinquini adds, another destination seems very credible: the Spurs. The franchise is used to French players (Parker, Diaw, De Colo) and would benefit greatly from the guard’s shooting skills, with Vavane posting better three-point productivity per 100 possession than anyone in Texans history. Above all, he could be a major asset for the upcoming draft:
Fournier also makes sense for Spurs in terms of the direction they are heading. Like several other organizations, San Antonio wants to acquire the services of generational talent Victor Wembanyama in 2022-23. And Fournier isn’t likely to hurt the team’s chances of getting the first pick even if he gets plenty of minutes and shots, thanks to his lack of defensive skills. Additionally, he was a starter on many of the Magic’s middle teams early in his career.
Utah or San Antonio, these are the two most likely destinations in the event of a trade for Evan Fournier. The Frenchman’s future does not seem to lie in the Big Apple, and we imagine that he has already prepared a few suitcases, just in case.