Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the New York Knicks will sign Evan Fournier to a four-year deal worth up to $78 million, with the fourth year being a team option.
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
Deal includes a team option on the fourth year, per source.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
Fournier is currently playing for Team France in the Olympics with Knick free agent Frank Ntilikina, and averaged 17.1 points, 3.1 assists, and three rebounds per game this season between the Magic and the Celtics on .457/.413/.788 shooting splits.
With Reggie Bullock signing with the Mavs, the Knicks had a hole at the starting shooting guard spot, which Fournier now slots into. He’s a pretty gifted three-level scorer — per Basketball-Reference, he didn’t shoot lower than 41.1% from any distance on the floor this year:
His 61.4% number at the rim isn’t too shabby either, and that was his worst mark in the last four years by a pretty wide margin (he shot around 66-67% in the three prior seasons on many more attempts). His ability to break down a defense and create offense for himself — while also doing a pretty good job of spreading the ball around for others — should help the Knicks out a lot on offense, as opposed to Bullock’s brand of mostly spot-up play.
His defense will definitely be a step down from Bullock’s ultra-switchable brand on that side of the ball, but Fournier has generally been a net positive in his career thanks to his offensive impact.
Having that fourth year as a team option essentially means that the Knicks are betting... well, something on the 2024 free agency class, from the look of things. All four of the deals they signed on the first day of free agency have a chance to end in 2024 (including Derrick Rose, who they signed shortly after Fournier). Fournier will be 31 years old when the Knicks get the opportunity to decide to keep him for a fourth year or not.
So what does everyone think of the signing? Sound off in the comments.