Q: Is there any reason Fournier and Magic couldn’t work out a contract extension? Steve Kyler: Sure. Magic want a discount. Evan wants market. No reason to outbid yourself. They have a logjam at his spot too.
The Orlando Magic did have talks with both guard Evan Fournier and big man Andrew Nicholson, but sources close to both said the talks never really went in the direction of a deal and both players had been planning for restricted free agency in July.
David Aldridge: Also hearing ORL not likely to extend F Andrew Nicholson (19th pick in ’12). @SpearsNBAYahoo reported no extension for Evan Fournier (20th).
Marc J. Spears: Magic guard Evan Fournier isn't expected to get a contract extension prior to tonight's deadline, sources tell Yahoo, thus making him a RFA.
The deadline for NBA teams to reach contract extensions with former first-round picks in the fourth seasons of their rookie-scale contracts is tonight at 11:59 Eastern. But after the Magic lost to the Chicago Bulls 92-87 on Sunday night, dropping the Magic to 0-3, Fournier told the Orlando Sentinel that he’s more concerned about winning than a potential extension. “It’s the last of my worries, to be honest,” Fournier said. “It’s really the last of my worries right now. I don’t want to have a losing season again. That’s all that matters to me right now. I’m just tired of losing, especially after my rookie year, tasting a little bit of winning with 57 wins. I just want to get that feeling back. That’s all that matters to me right now.”
The Magic and Fournier's agent have had initial discussions, and Fournier sounds like he'd welcome an extension if a deal's specifics make sense. "It would be awesome," Fournier said when asked about the situation. "But, to be honest, I don't even think about it because that's not in my power. That's not in my hands. Right now I'm focused on getting healthy and just being back on the court. But, yeah, it would be awesome, man."
September 18, 2021 | 2:39 am EDT Update
The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)