HoopsHype Evan Fournier rumors

December 21, 2014 Updates

The comfort Fournier has gained in Orlando doesn’t mean he was eager to leave Denver. “I was so mad [after the trade], I was upset,” he said. “But I think it’s human, when you’re traded I don’t think you realize what’s going on. It’s just, ‘Oh, they don’t want me anymore.’ After two or three hours I talked to my agent and I realized it was a great trade for me against a guy [Afflalo] that averaged 18 points a game, so it means I have some value. So I was very excited.” Boston Globe

December 20, 2014 Updates

Vucevic, Fournier’s closest friend on the team, said he was impressed by the toughness displayed by the Frenchman. For Fournier to miss only the time it took to get the stitches, Vucevic said it shows the third-year guard’s dedication to his teammates. ``He didn’t (back off) and he was very aggressive. (Him possibly shying away from contact) was on my mind too because it’s only normal when you have an injury like that to be less aggressive, but he still had a couple of nice dunks and drives,’’ Vucevic said. ``He’s a tough guy to come back in Toronto and Boston and he didn’t take any time off even though it was a big cut. It could have been a big issue and it shows that he’s tough and he’s committed to this team. ``I guess I can’t really talk trash about his ponytail anymore.’’ NBA.com

November 29, 2014 Updates

Evan Fournier’s ``samurai’’ haircut – one that features a distinctive top-knot pony tail – has become a consistent source of humor for the Orlando Magic and a spark of motivation for the standout shooting guard. Fournier, a native of suburban Paris, wore his hair long on the top and short on the sides over the summer while he playing for the French National Team in the FIBA World Cup. When Fournier’s hair kept falling down into his face during games he went to a ponytail look to solve the problem. NBA.com

That hairstyle has generated dozens of catcalls from opposing fans when the Magic play in road games. Fournier, who came into Friday’s road game in Indiana averaging a career-best 16.1 points per game, said he actually likes the taunts and jokes from the fans because they fire him up and help him lock in on the task at hand. ``I love it. Every game on the road I get two or three jokes and I think it’s funny,’’ said Fournier, who is in his first season with the Magic following a June trade with the Denver Nuggets. ``(The jokes) kind of give me motivation. They say, `Your ponytail is horrible.’ I think it’s funny, but I just don’t like it when my teammates laugh at it. But it’s part of the game and it’s fun.’’ NBA.com

November 27, 2014 Updates

“Yeah, they made shots, but we don’t lose the game like that,” Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier said. “We lose the game because we played selfish. We don’t move the ball. We’re just standing and looking at each other. We have to play better than that. If we keep playing like that, we’re not going to win any game.” Orlando Sentinel

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Fournier also has hit it off with Magic center Nik Vucevic, who grew up in Belgium speaking French. "He's a good offensive player: smart with a good basketball IQ," Vucevic says. Now, Fournier thinks he can prove himself. "I'm very excited because I know I'm going to handle the ball," he says. "That's what I like to do. In Denver, I was more of a stationary shooter, and that's not what I do best. So I'm very happy." Orlando Sentinel

August 30, 2014 Updates

Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is in Granada to see Evan Fournier (whom the Magic got in the Arron Afflalo trade in June) play. But Fournier was the 11th guy to get in the game for France, entering with 3:06 to go in the first half. He went scoreless with two turnovers in just 8:25 of action. NBA.com

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In this Clippers game against the Nuggets, Chris Paul pulled a herky-jerky baseline move that just left Evan Fournier pondering exactly where his man was. He was possibly also pondering existential questions like “What is basketball?” and “What does it really mean to ‘guard’ someone?” but that’s just conjecture on my part. For The Win

March 3, 2014 Updates

One of Lauvergne's best friends is Nuggets guard Evan Fournier. "The thing is in France, coaches don't play young guys for some reason," Fournier said. "I had a hard time playing my first year. So he was playing like 15 minutes (a game) overseas. Then he went to Partizan, the coach played him and he showed what he could do. I knew he was that good. He's just got to show it. There's a difference between knowing it and showing it." Denver Post

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