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Mark Murphy: Source says that with Fournier deal set, and Gordon off to Denver, the Celtics are not close in any other talks. But with $17 million of the TPE now absorbed, it will get harder.
Adam Himmelsbach: One thing to remember: Danny Ainge has stated many times he’s not a fan of half-season rentals. So if this deal is completed, the Celtics likely feel confident that Fournier will re-sign this summer. bostonglobe.com/2021/03/25/spo…
Evan Fournier is headed to Boston for two second-round picks and will go into the Gordon Hayward TPE, of which they now have roughly $11 million left. The Celtics are now $1.9 million over the luxury tax and just $1.3 million below the apron.
Orlando will create a whopping $17.2 million TPE for Fournier. With a TPE that big, they could forgo having cap space and operate over the cap with it. This would allow them to keep the Bird rights to their free agents and use the full non-taxpayer mid-level exception. They’re also currently $21.8 million below the luxury tax.
Jeff Goodman: One NBA player on the Celtics pickup of Evan Fournier: “Great pickup for Boston. He can come in off the bench and get buckets. Good defensively, great team guy. Can be a black hole sometimes, but won’t be the case in Boston cause he isn’t the guy.”
Keith Smith: Beyond his on-court fit, the Celtics are excited to add Fournier to the locker room. Fournier was a bit of jokester in the Magic locker room and helped keep things light during some tough times for Orlando.
Keith Smith: Per a source: Boston and Orlando may delay the Evan Fournier trade just slightly to expand to a bigger deal. Teams are still exchanging ideas back and forth on more players.
Orlando gains a bit more flexibility as they go from $2.8 million below the luxury tax to $4.6 million. They could gain even more flexibility if they move Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier. This was a haul and a true sell-hightrade to net Carter and two first-round picks for Vucevic. This will give them a lot more flexibility and options to build around Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz, and their upcoming lottery pick. Bobby Marks: Fournier has a $17.15M cap hit that will now get adjusted to $17.45M. The $300K increase is a result of 2 sets of bonuses- 2nd rd. of the playoffs and Conf. Finals now being deemed likely (BOS reached both last yr). BOS is $1.6M over the tax and need to open up a roster spot.
Keith Smith: Per a source: Acquiring Evan Fournier doesn’t take Boston out of the mix to trade for Aaron Gordon. Celtics and Magic are still engaged in discussions for Gordon.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston is in serious talks to acquire Orlando guard Evan Fournier for two second-round picks, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Teams are finalizing the deal now, source tells ESPN.
Marc Stein: The Knicks have emerged as a team to register interest in Orlando’s Evan Fournier, league sources say, while Boston also remains strongly linked to Fournier and other bidders could emerge depending on where Toronto’s Kyle Lowry lands. Three-plus hours to go until the trade buzzer
Marc Stein: Expected to trade both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier in the next three-plus hours, Orlando opens its business with a stunner by ensuring deadline day features a trade involving a current All-Star: Nikola Vucevic to Chicago
Keith Smith: Multiple teams were put on hold on Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier talks over the last hour or so. It was clear Orlando was finalizing the deal with Chicago for Nikola Vuceivc. Those teams now expect Orlando to move Gordon and Fournier and possibly Terrence Ross as well.
The New York Knicks are among the teams who have expressed interest in trading for Evan Fournier, league sources told HoopsHype.
Keith Smith: Sources indicate the Orlando Magic are engaged in trade talks with several teams for both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier. Interest has also picked up for Khem Birch and James Ennis (both on expiring contracts) as well. It’s going to be a very busy day for Orlando up to 3 PM ET.
Josh Robbins: It’s important to remember the NBA trade deadline exacts an emotional toll for the people involved. Evan Fournier was asked by @The Athletic what the city of Orlando and the Magic have meant to him over the last seven years, and his answers were introspective and emotional. pic.twitter.com/ztZbgikPM0
Roy Parry: Steve Clifford said Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon will play their regular minutes tonight. They’re in the starting lineup with Nikola Vucevic, Michael Carter-Williams and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Ryan Ward: According to @SBD, Andre Drummond has the best odds to be trade before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday: – Andre Drummond: -150 – Aaron Gordon: +110 – Victor Oladipo: +125 – Evan Fournier: +150 – LaMarcus Aldridge: +155
The Knicks, as previously noted, are also open to smaller deals (they talked to the Orlando Magic about Evan Fournier earlier this month) and are open to being a third team to facilitate a trade between two other teams.
Josh Robbins: (1/2) After tonight’s Magic loss to Denver, @TheAthleticNBA asked Evan Fournier about how Aaron Gordon’s desire for a trade impacts the locker room. Fournier answered: “I feel like with each other there’s nothing but love and respect. Aaron and I, it’s been, what, six years? ...
Evan Fournier: I’ve never said such a thing. Straight up lie. “Evan Fournier has made it clear he has no intention of re-signing with the Orlando Magic after this season per @espn_macmahon. Magic should get something for him at the trade deadline on Thursday.”
Sacramento’s Bjelica, Oklahoma City’s George Hill, Detroit’s Wayne Ellington, Miami’s Olynyk, Indiana’s Aaron Holiday and the Orlando duo of Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross are all prime contenders to be moved. Hill and Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio have been mentioned frequently as secondary targets for the Clippers, after Ball.
Roy Parry: Magic SG Evan Fournier today on how long it took him to get comfortable with the business side of the NBA: “Honestly, after I got traded here, because it happened so unexpectedly. I woke up one day and boom! I was out. And so there were no rumors. There was nothing…”
To that end, the Knicks – like all other teams – have been monitoring the cost to trade for players who may be available at the deadline. For example: New York and Orlando recently had a conversation about a trade involving Evan Fournier, per SNY sources. It’s unclear if that discussion reached an advanced stage.
It’s time for a roster reset in Orlando, which looks likely to finish with top-five lottery odds after squeaking into the playoffs the past two seasons. According to a source, Evan Fournier has made it clear that he has no intention to re-sign with the Magic as a free agent this summer, so Orlando might as well get something in return for a player efficiently averaging 19.1 points per game. Gordon, who has a season remaining on his contract, is commanding a lot of interest.
The Mavericks have been the loudest rumored team for Fournier, with one potential package being James Johnson and two second-round picks, according to league sources.
A potential suitor for Magic sharpshooter Evan Fournier: The Celtics, sources said. Fournier is on an expiring contract worth $17.1 million.
Several teams have also expressed exploratory interest in guard Evan Fournier who’s in the final year of his contract, league sources told HoopsHype. Terrence Ross, whose contract declines over the next two seasons at $12.5 million and $11.5 million, could replace Fournier as a starter if the Frenchman leaves in free agency.
The Magic are also receiving calls on two veterans in the backcourt, Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier. League sources say the Hornets are among teams to express interest in Fournier, while the Nuggets have inquired about Ross. Orlando will have options. It’s just a matter of whether teams pay up.
Brian Windhorst: The Orlando Magic possibly could be willing to part with a guy like Evan Fournier. Maybe a guy like Aaron Gordon, that is being chatted around about executives.
Would Nikola Vucevic — should the Orlando Magic even make him available, let alone for what Toronto can realistically offer — fit the bill? (The Magic are so far projecting patience and optimism about bringing back their healthy core next season, league sources say. The exception — and this is purely my speculation — might concern Evan Fournier, given his expiring contract.)
Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier is on an expiring contract and is expected to draw interest, and multiple executives wondered if the team would consider moving on from forward Aaron Gordon — out another 4 to 6 weeks with a sprained ankle suffered earlier this week — as part of a pivot into a full-on rebuild amid an injury-plagued season.
The Orlando Magic need Markelle Fultz to take a leap if they’re going to keep up in the Eastern Conference. Sure, they could hang on to an 8-seed, but what does that really do for them? Jonathan Isaac is going to be out for most of the season, if not all of it. They don’t know what they’re getting out of Aaron Gordon. Nikola Vucevic puts up nice numbers, but they don’t lead to a ton. League sources say Evan Fournier is trying to find his way to a team like the Clippers, Suns or Nuggets.
Also in Windhorst’s latest Hoop Collective podcast, he and colleague Zach Lowe identified the Kings and Magic as two teams that may be looking to get a little younger this offseason rather than being content with competing again for the No. 8 seed. Nemanja Bjelica was identified by Lowe as a possible trade candidate to watch in Sacramento, while Windhorst added that Orlando would likely be open to moving Evan Fournier.
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.”
We took a straw poll with league executives on two questions: Which player is likely to be moved by the deadline, and which player would you risk draft picks, expiring contracts and young players to chase? The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier was the popular pick for most likely to be moved. Holding down the final playoff spot in the East, the Magic have shown no inclination to move the guard, but there will need to be a discussion within the next six weeks on what direction to take. Fournier is having a career season, averaging 20 PPG on 48.1% shooting from the field and 42.7% from 3. He has a $17.2 million player option for 2020-21 that many expect he will not pick up.
“I’m not that type of guy who’s going to think about stuff that I can’t control,” said Fournier, who was traded to the Magic during the 2014 offseason and has been the subject of trade rumors intermittently in the years since. “I’m going to have a regular day [Wednesday], and if something happens, then it happens. But I’m not going to worry about things that I don’t have control over. My parents are in town. We’re going to have a great day. I’m going to come in, do my treatment and get a massage. And if during my massage I get traded, then I’m out. It is what it is.”
With the playoffs all but impossible, the widely held assumption throughout the NBA is that Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman and John Hammond will try to trade some of the established players on the roster they inherited — perhaps 25-year-old swingman Evan Fournier and 27-year-old center Nikola Vucevic — to aid in a rebuild. In an interview, Hammond would not categorize the Magic as sellers. But he also acknowledged that if the team does make a move, it would not be for a quick fix and would likely be “to improve ourselves for the future.” So if the Magic trade anyone, the Magic likely would be interested in acquiring young players or draft picks or a combination of both.
The Magic have been in the NBA trade market for most of the season. The prevailing thought from league sources is while the Magic seem to be open for business, they are not open to taking much back in terms of salary which may make it hard for them to offload some of the contract money they seem to be trying to move. The two names that get the most play in NBA circles are guards Evan Fournier and Elfrid Payton. While the Magic seem to open to ideas on the entire roster, they have been pretty open that they are not doing a deal just to do a deal. The Magic’s stance is that anything they do has to meet their goals of being able to remake the team fairly quickly, so taking back long-term contracts are not in the plan. As the deadline nears, the Magic could move half the roster or make no moves at all.
The general belief from most is that if Orlando can’t find the kind of deals they are looking for, they’ll simply run out the clock on this season and seek a more aggressive rebuild around the draft and in July when teams can absorb contract money into cap space. The name most teams seem to have eyes on is guard Evan Fournier. There is a belief that of all the players that could get moved Fournier is the most likely. The Magic have also seriously gauged the trade value of point guard Elfrid Payton in advance of his free agency in July.
Evan Fournier on trade rumors: I don’t care. I was already traded once from Denver to Orlando and it happened overnight, when there were no rumors. There are teams that are interested in me, it’s not that I’m going to leave, it’s a chess game, and as a player you do not control anything, so I ignore everything.
Nikola Vucevic, who presently has a broken hand, makes $12.25 mil this year (and is signed for another year commitment as well, for $12.75 mil). And without giving us specific names (leaving D-Lord and myself to educated-guess to fill in some blanks) a source tells DallasBasketball.com that yes, the Mavs and Magic have touched base on deadline ideas.
Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier has played in the NBA long enough to know his name will pop up in rumors until the league’s trade deadline expires on Feb. 8. So Fournier has a policy this time of year: He attempts to ignore trade rumors. “I’m not going to think about what’s going to happen or where I would enjoy playing or something, because it’s all speculation,” Fournier told the Orlando Sentinel. That’s why I really don’t read this stuff: because you never know what’s going to happen. I got traded once and I had no idea. It really came out of nowhere. There was no rumors. There was nothing. And out of the blue I woke up one morning and I got traded. So I know this is just all talk. You really don’t know what’s going on upstairs [in front offices], so it really don’t matter, honestly. You’ve just got to focus on what you have to do, really. The rest is speculation.”
But victories have been rare for Orlando this season. Like all of his teammates, Evan Fournier has been disappointed by the Magic’s performance this season, and a recent Basketball Insiders article noted that “there is a sense” — ostensibly among other teams — that Fournier and teammate Nikola Vucevic “would welcome the chance to get to a winning situation.” Asked to respond to that characterization, Fournier insisted he has not asked for a trade. “Obviously, as a player you want to win,” he told the Sentinel. “But I will never ask [for] a trade or anything. I’m not that kind of guy. I’m a fighter and I’m definitely not a quitter. I don’t know what they plan to do, but I’m a Magic. I feel like I belong here, and for as long as I’m going to be here, I’m going to fight for this jersey and this city, man. It’s that simple.”
Rival executives expect Jeff Weltman, Orlando’s new team president, to aggressively hunt for new homes for the likes of Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton and Mario Hezonja, given that Nikola Vucevic’s broken finger is likely to preclude dealing the center.
The Magic’s new front office isn’t eager to dump anything, so anything the Magic do will have to be meaningful. There has been a lot of talk that the Magic would like to move guard Evan Fournier, but they have yet to be offered anything that’s worth doing, according to sources.
“I’m fully aware that (Wednesday’s finale) might be my last game with the Magic because you never know what can happen,’’ said Fournier, whose career has blossomed in his three seasons in Orlando. “When you lose, that’s really when things shake up and teams make a lot of changes. So, yeah, everyone is fully aware (that changes could come). “I’m not the type of guy who is concerned by that sort of thing,’’ Fournier added. “At the end of the day, my job is to get better and play basketball and I can’t control those (roster changes). To be honest, I don’t even want to think about it because it’s just a waste of time and a waste of energy. Again, you can’t control it, so why focus on it?’’
Bleacher Report: Orlando Magic reportedly turned down a trade for DeMarcus Cousins earlier this season @verizon. Ric Bucher: “Multiple league sources said the Magic turned down the chance to deal Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks to the Kings”.
Bucher: “Hennigan apparently was concerned about both his ability to re-sign Cousins this summer and building the franchise around yet another high maintenence big man.
Michael Scotto: Magic interested in Eric Gordon & meeting w/ Jamal Crawford on July 1, per @Alex Kennedy. I’m told Magic still plan to keep Evan Fournier.
Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Nik Vucevic aren’t going anywhere. The Orlando Magic will not trade any member of their young nucleus before this season’s NBA trade deadline expires on Thursday afternoon, general manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel tonight.
The only way that changes is if another team swoops in and makes an offer the Magic can’t refuse. But no offer of that kind is likely.
Evan Fournier is another restricted free agent heading toward a raise. The Magic love him, but they might listen.
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Chema de Lucas: Mike James will play with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season. Immediate incorporation. Nets interest in the CSKA Moscow player was first reported by @Eurohoopsnet.
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed forward Yuta Watanabe (YOU-tuh wah-tuh-NAH-bay) to a standard NBA contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Watanabe, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.4 minutes in 39 games (one start) as a two-way player with the Raptors this season. He is shooting .448 (56-125) from the field, including .400 (24-40) from three-point range, and has scored in double figures six times. Watanabe recorded a career-high 21 points Apr. 16 vs. Orlando.
Hasheem Thabeet is looking to make an NBA comeback, his agent Jerry Dianis told me on Saturday. The 7’3″ big-man just won MVP honors while playing in Taiwan for the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers. “Bottom line Hasheem Thabeet was given a opportunity, and he killed it,” Dianis told me. “MVP performance with career highs in points, rebounds, minutes played, assists and steals. Thabeet averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
To gauge who are the top international players, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including 10executives and five scouts. Each talent evaluator was asked to list his top five international players. The criteria included any player pro player not in the NBA right now. Some of the talent evaluators prioritized former NBA players and older veterans who are having an immediate impact on their team overseas. Others placed a higher value on younger prospects who are likely to come to the NBA in upcoming drafts. 1. Nikola Mirotic (Barcelona): The 30-year-old forward is shooting an astounding 59.7 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 15.9 points per game. “He’s the guy that’s been most productive in the NBA, and someone you can put in an NBA game right now if you had to,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype.
2. Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers): “He has great size and excellent court vision,” an NBAexecutive told HoopsHype. “He sees the floor so well, and he’s probably too unselfish at times. His shooting will need a lot of work. He needs to become a consistent threat from three and he needs to improve at the line, but he’s playing in a tough league at a young age and he’s having success.”
3. Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes): The 6-foot-5 Serbian guard has his draft rights retained currently by the Thunder. While some have speculated he could make the jump to the NBA, his agent, Misko Raznatovic, denied having talks with any clubs for next season at this time. Still, Micic has drawn the attention of NBA teams with his play. “He’s almost an elite passer,” one NBAscout told HoopsHype. “He’s a good shooter, both on and off the dribble. He’s not athletic but has enough strength after his first step to get at the rim once he gets a runway. He’s very smart. His basketball IQ is off the charts.”