Evan Fournier Rumors

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Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
Position: G
Born: 10/29/92
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $17,150,000
“I have no idea. It’s definitely frustrating because we’re in Orlando, but it doesn’t really matter,” Fournier said. “My house is going to be a like two minutes away but it’s going to feel like miles away. It’s just a weird feeling knowing that I could be seeing my wife and son everyday, but I’m not. It’s the same for everyone so…I’m not exactly sure how we’re going to feel once we’re inside the bubble, but we’ve just got to get ready for business and just take care of our stuff – that’s the way it’s going to be, so be it.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
“One of the good things about being in the bubble is we’re going to have a lot of time for ourselves,” Fournier added. “I’m going to focus on myself really, just try and read a lot, do a lot of my business stuff from my computer, but mostly just focus on myself. Since I have a son now, I’m taking care of him all day. So I really only have two to maybe three hours a day to focus on myself and do things that I don’t usually do, so now I will have all day. So I’ll just do that and call my friends, family, play a little bit of video games – just relax.”

Fournier believes the NBA’s safety protocols, which also include regular testing, should offer enough protection. “For the NBA to take such a risk by resuming the season, the measures will be maximum,” Fournier said. “They will make our lives easier so that we do not have to ask questions and make us feel safe every day.” Fournier is also reassured by NBA pledges to subject Disney World staff to additional testing. “That’s good,” he said. “Honestly at first, the measures planned for them were nonsense.”
Fournier also has sympathy with players who have raised concerns that the league’s restart could draw attention away from the nationwide protest movement against racism and police brutality following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd during his arrest by police in Minneapolis on May 25. “I understand those who don’t feel like playing because it could divert attention from this issue,” Fournier said. “But I believe we should use the restart of the season as an opportunity to be heard. “The whole world is going to watch us. I think the majority of players will come and we will all use this platform, the NBA, to get a big message out. It could be remarkable.”
But DeRozan is more likely to opt in with the Spurs. Among the likely free agents, there aren’t any five-alarm guys, but I do think Evan Fournier has a bit of a warning flag attached. He’s coming off a career year at 27 that featured shooting percentages far above his career norms, so he’s likely to regress. That would have a rebuilding Knicks team buying into a declining commodity. I have him projected at a $12.5 million value next season and likely to go further downward from there, and he’s going to get way more than that if he chooses free agency. (Fournier has a player option for $17.1 million.) He’s not a bad player, but he’s the wrong one for a team like the Knicks.
Storyline: DeMar DeRozan Free Agency
Fournier has $1.1 million in incentives, with $600,000 broken down into four categories: first-round appearance in the playoffs, second-round appearance, conference finals and Finals. Fournier will also need to appear in 75% of the games played per round. Likely outcome: There will be a negotiation when it comes to Fournier’s incentives. The guard has already met the required number of games (60), but the Magic might have to win a play-in game to make the postseason. When the season was postponed, Orlando was 5.5 games ahead of Washington for the final playoff spot in the East. If Orlando loses a play-in, does that mean Fournier doesn’t get his first-round appearance bonus?
While the disruption certainly came at a bad time for the Magic, Augustin feels the delay could allow them to get injured players such as Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu back when-and-if the playoffs resume in the coming months. “I don’t care who we play; I just want to get back playing, being in the playoffs again and it will be exciting regardless,’’ Augustin said when asked by a Southwest Airlines member about his preference of a playoff opponent in the playoffs. “It sucks that we won’t be able to have fans (in attendance), if we are able to come back, but I think it will be a good change for people at home to have sports on TV again.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
NBA Central: “He only had really one job. And that was to just score. And he did that at an amazing, amazing rate. But I don’t feel like his way of winning then would translate to what it is now. Guys wouldn’t want to play with him.” -Channing Frye on Michael Jordan (NBC Sports North West). Evan Fournier: @channingfrye bro you bugging for real. Lol. Channing Frye: Boris Biaw is the best French player of all time. Evan Fournier: Lol na you aint getting away from that statement with this s—.
Storyline: GOAT Debate
In an interview for Le Parissien, Fournier repeated his belief that finds it difficult to see how the season will restart due to the many and different complexities involved in the matter. “I have periods where I believe in it and others where I believe less,” Fournier said. “At the moment, I’m in a mode where I don’t believe too much. It seems complicated to set it up. How many games could we play? Are we going straight into the playoffs? We mustn’t forget that some states are still in lockdown and the teams located there won’t be able to begin practices again as we could in a week. There would be a real lack of equity. I think it’d be better to put a stop to the season.
Storyline: Coronavirus
In an interview with L’Equipe, Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier has strongly defended National Team teammate Rudy Gobert, who came under fire after being the first NBA player positive to Coronavirus. “It hurts me, he became the face of the virus in the NBA. The behaviour of people and journalists has been disgusting, I don’t understand taking out the names of the sick: it looks like the transfer window when it’s the scoop race. It was a coronavirus free agency, unbearable. You can say a guy is sick without naming him: today Philadelphia and the Lakers have cases and we don’t know who they are”, Fournier said.
Fournier noted that it was just that, a joke, and added that it was easier to blame him as a foreigner: “It’s typically the thing where we’re going to blame the stranger. He’s European so he brought the virus back? When we don’t know. Who says it was not Donovan Mitchell who infected him? The environment is unhealthy, not helped by what Donald Trump says. The joke with the microphones was a joke where no one had realized the magnitude of the thing. It’s easy to point the finger a posteriori. I could have made the same joke.”
Evan Fournier ($17.2 million) could also see a nice raise or at least an incremental one. There should be suitors for him despite the dry market. His playmaking and scoring ability gives him a rotation spot on just about every team with or without cap space. He should be considered an extension candidate ahead of free agency as he currently can extend with the Magic for up to a maximum of $92.2 million between 2020-21 and 2023-24. If he opts out and is not offered long-term security, he could probably still earn more than $17.2 million on a one-year deal. Whether he opts out or not, he’s in an excellent position heading into the offseason because of his options.
Josh Robbins: In its Last 2-Minute Report, the NBA cited two errors that disadvantaged the Magic against the Knicks. First, the league said, the officiating crew failed to see/hear Steve Clifford attempting to call a timeout with 4.4 seconds left. Second, Elfrid Payton should have been called for a foul for extending his leg and making foot-to-foot contact with Evan Fournier with 4.0 seconds left, leading to a turnover by Fournier. … The report said there were no missed calls or non-calls that disadvantaged the Knicks.
Storyline: L2M Report
Like many of his veteran Magic teammates, Fournier attempts to ignore the deadline altogether. D.J. Augustin, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic also said Wednesday that they try not to think about it. Worrying would accomplish nothing, they said. “It’s personal,” Fournier explained. “For myself, I’ve never thought, ‘Am I going to get traded or not?’ because I can’t control it, and on top of that, it’s my eighth season. The first time there’s rumors, yeah, you kind of ask yourself how you think things are going to go. But when it’s your eighth season, it’s your last focus, really.”
But rather than focus on Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, something about the Kings transfixed him. Sacramento featured three European players — Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic and Hedo Turkoglu — and Fournier resolved to reach the NBA, just like they did. Most of all, though, Fournier idolized the Kings’ 6-foot-1 American point guard, Mike Bibby. “I just loved them,” Fournier said.
His admiration for that old Kings team, and especially Bibby, lives on. Fournier played a total of six regular-season games at Sleep Train Arena during his first five NBA seasons, with the Denver Nuggets and the Magic. But even though the Kings now play in a modern, state-of-the-art arena seven miles away in downtown Sacramento, just seeing Sleep Train Arena still gives Fournier an adrenaline rush. He prefers to call the venue by the name it had when he first watched the team. “When I come here, it does something, for sure,” he said. “Every time I see it, I think about it. It’s Sleep Train Arena. Well, to me, it’s ARCO Arena.”
Goodwin finished with a team-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. “No disrespect him — I don’t even know him — but that backup point guard, he had a huge impact, probably the best game of his career,” Fournier said. “We can’t let guys like that that aren’t even on the team just impact us and dominate us, period. Credit to him. He played well. But still, it should never happen. Never.”