HoopsHype Evan Fournier rumors

June 30, 2012 Updates

But the reality is, the Nuggets already have 12 players under contract. Denver also hopes to re-sign Andre Miller and JaVale McGee. Though the team hasn't made a public decision, it appears that Fournier will play overseas next season. "Our roster is pretty full and pretty full with young guys," said Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri. "Another thing that was attractive (with Fournier) was we wanted that flexibility a little bit, and get a very young player. He's 19 years old and really developing. We'll see how that goes." Denver Post

Instead of drafting an older American player who would sit on the bench (or play in the NBA's D-League), they drafted a younger player (age 19 is the youngest a draftee can be) and will let him grow overseas. And if Fournier proves good enough to crack the roster next season, that's a bonus. If he doesn't, maybe he will do it a year or two down the line. Denver Post

June 29, 2012 Updates

The Denver Nuggets want their top pick to get more seasoning overseas. Evan Fournier is ready to start his NBA career this fall. Fournier, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard from France, was the 20th overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The Nuggets drafted him with the idea of having the 19-year-old play one or two more years in Europe, but Fournier said he wants to stay here. "I want to play next season,'' he said. "I don't want to go back to Europe.'' SI.com

June 28, 2012 Updates
June 23, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets are working out five guards this morning at the Alario Center that includes point guards Kendall Marshall of North Carolina, Washington's Tony Wroten Jr. and Missouri's Matt Pressey, along with European shooting guards Evan Fournier and Nihad Djedovic. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 22, 2012 Updates
June 20, 2012 Updates

Indiana officials would like to work out guard Evan Fournier of France one more time so Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird can evaluate him. Bird missed Fournier’s first workout because of a personal matter. The Pacers have the 26th overall pick Racine Journal-Times

June 19, 2012 Updates

Fournier started a series of workouts in Indiana and Milwaukee. He left Memphis with auditions scheduled for Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans and Denver. Griz brass scoffed at the notion that Fournier would end up being drafted and then left to play in Europe for another year or two. Fournier has one year left on his contract with France but said his buyout would not prohibit him from playing in the NBA next season. Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 18, 2012 Updates

So the only players we're really looking at are the international players who are younger than 22 years old. This year 17 international players declared early for the 2012 NBA draft. As of Sunday night, only one international player, Turkey's Furkan Aldemir, was confirmed to be staying in the draft. Aldemir is a likely second-round selection. Sources say that France's Evan Fournier is also very likely to stay in the draft, as well. Fournier is projected to be a mid to late first-round pick. A few others including Tomas Satoransky, Josep Franch and Tornike Shengelia might also stay. However, at this point, they don't look like they have a serious shot at the first round. ESPN.com

June 17, 2012 Updates

The upcoming NBA draft is light on international prospects, but that could be good news for French shooting guard Evan Fournier. The 19 -year-old, one of the top European players in the draft, is trying to show he is worthy of being a first-round selection June 28. He made a stop at the Cousins Center on Saturday to take part in a four-guard Milwaukee Bucks workout that also featured Memphis' Will Barton, Temple's Ramone Moore and Long Beach State's Larry Anderson. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"I can play point guard sometimes to help the team, because I like to have the ball in my hands," Fournier said. "But I'm a shooting guard." San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili has served as a role model for the French player. "I don't have a favorite player but I love his game," Fournier said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 16, 2012 Updates

The Bucks have scheduled a four-guard workout Saturday that includes French prospect Evan Fournier, considered one of the top European players in this year's draft. The 6-foot-7, 204-pound Fournier was impressive at the Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, earlier this week and is now in the states to work out for NBA teams. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Bucks will get a better handle on Fournier and Barton on Saturday. That’s when Fournier and Barton will work out the Cousins Center in front of a battery of Bucks officials. Racine Journal-Times

June 12, 2012 Updates

Evan Fournier competed today after working out in a one-on-zero setting for the scouts in attendance yesterday, and helped himself considerably more in turn. In 29 minutes of action, Fournier scored 12 points, looking smooth creating his own shot on the perimeter and making plays being aggressive in transition while showing good court vision finding the open man. The top 2012 draft prospect at this event, Fournier shot well today, going 2-4 from three in the first game and 2-3 in the second game, which was extremely important considering that this is the area he struggled in most this season. Had he shot a better percentage from beyond the arc with Poiters this season, its reasonable to wonder if he would be considered a legit top-20 prospect in this deep draft. He will leave tomorrow for the United State for workouts with Indiana, Memphis, and Dallas. We caught up with Fournier, who emphasized his desire to play in the NBA this coming season, after he led the French U20 team to a victory over Russia's U20 squad. DraftExpress.com

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