In an interview published in the French basketball federation website, Collet explained his decision: “About Evan Fournier, if we made a step back, I said that we should worry about the present. I believe that our seven backcourt players have well fulfilled their different roles. Regarding the balance in that sector, I found that it was great. On the contrary, we had difficulties in the paint which could have created more issues further in the Olympic tournament. When people see things from the outside they can ask questions. Even myself, before leaving for Manilla, I believed that I integrate Fournier after the tournament. I say that clearly, because I thought that at least one backcourt player will not be quite convincing on his role, but that was not the case. After that, because of the balance achieved, I did not want to change anything.
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As anticipated by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress and confirmed by Chris Vivlamore, French prospect Isaia Cordinier won’t join the Atlanta Hawks next season. He’ll sign a deal with his hometown team Antibes Sharks, where he’ll develop his game. Cordinier was selected with the 44th pick in the last draft and averaged 3.2 points per game during the Summer League.
As expected, Hawks draftee Isaia Cordinier will return to France for another season. He will play for Antibes in the French Pro A basketball league, a step up from last season. The Hawks selected Cordinier in the second round, No. 44 overall, in last month’s NBA Draft. The 19-year-old Cordinier played last season with AS Denain Voltaire in the French Pro B league and averaged 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 23.4 minutes over 32 games.