Knicks add Evan Fournier and keep Derrick Rose
The New York Knicks have finally landed a coveted free agent. They also managed to keep theirs.
Evan Fournier has agreed to a four-year contract with the Knicks that could be worth up to $ 78 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. New York has an option on the fourth year of the agreement.
The Knicks also retained many of their own key free agents from last season’s surprising 41-31 record, earning them the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Derrick Rose, Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks each resigned for three more years in New York, according to Wojnarowski. They will earn $ 43 million, $ 32 million and $ 30 million respectively from the Knicks throughout the 2023-24 campaign.
Fournier averaged 17.1 points (on 46/41/79 separate shots), 3.4 assists and three rebounds in 30 minutes in 42 games split between the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics last season. The Celtics traded a pair of second-round picks for Fournier on the deadline. He was a priority for Boston during the offseason, but this week’s trade to Josh Richardson signaled the team may not be willing to meet the price Fournier asked.
The Knicks get the playmaker wing they coveted when they chased Gordon Hayward last offseason. Hayward left the Celtics for the Charlotte Hornets. Fournier is an upgrade from Reggie Bullock, who left for the Dallas Mavericks in free agency. Bullock shot 41% from 3 points last season, but Fournier adds another dimension of play to a team that already has Julius Randle and RJ Barrett on the wings.
Fournier’s deal was announced shortly before he lead France to a quarter-final match at the Tokyo Olympics. He averaged 17.3 points in his country’s first three games, including 28 in a surprise victory over Team USA.
Found with former coach Tom Thibodeau in New York, Rose, 32, averaged 14.9 (49/41/88 splits), 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 26.8 minutes on the Knicks bench last season, continuing his resurgence after a knee. injuries derailed the former MVP’s career from 2012 to 2018. Rose was third in this year’s sixth man of the year vote, behind Utah Jazz teammates Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles .
The first hours of free agency were a far cry from years gone by, when the team essentially apologized to their “disappointed” fans in a press release following the failed signing of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Fournier might not be at this level as a free agent, but he was among the best to change teams in this class.
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