Shortly after free agency started, the New York Knicks reportedly signed Evan Fournier to a four-year, $78 million deal. On Tuesday, however, the team officially announced the move as a sign-and trade.
The Knicks have acquired Fournier and two future second-round picks from the Boston Celtics in exchange for cash considerations.
Fournier averaged 13.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game with the Celtics. He played a major role on offense in the postseason in large part because Jaylen Brown was injured.
While this sign-and-trade seems like an absolute steal for the Knicks, and rightfully so, it’s worth noting the Celtics received a $17.1 million trade exception. That could be used later this year if Boston finds the right trade partner.
.@nyknicks Acquire Evan Fournier pic.twitter.com/YgILaBMGCS
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) August 17, 2021
In the Knicks’ official press release on Tuesday, team president Leon Rose revealed why he wanted to add Fournier to the roster.
“We identified Evan as a key addition as we entered free agency and are ecstatic that he’s joining us,” Rose said. “He’s a great teammate, a fierce competitor, and a perfect complement to our returning players. He wants to be a part of what we are building here, and we are happy to have him join our family.”
After making the playoffs for the first time since 2013, it was imperative that New York upgraded its roster this offseason. It’s safe to say the Knicks did just that when they acquired Fournier.
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