While the free agent market is very lively, the trades market is also causing a stir. This, in particular thanks to the announced departure of Damian Lillard, in which Evan Fournier could potentially find himself involved!
Unlike some of his teammates and compatriots, he unfortunately does not have the keys to his future at present. Still under contract for a year at the Knicks, Evan Fournier nevertheless no longer enters the plans of his franchise at all. The summer he is about to spend in the ranks of the France team could thus benefit him according to Vincent Collet’s plans concerning him.
Indeed, in the event of good performance in the Blue jersey during the upcoming World Cup, Fournier’s rating could experience a nice boost in the NBA. Its intentions seem very clear for next year, and have been translated by his clan’s last cash decision. As such, he could almost involuntarily take part in one of the league’s biggest offseason records.
Evan Fournier included in Damian Lillard’s trade?
While Fournier is impatiently waiting to learn more about his future, the Knicks are among the destinations mentioned for… Damian Lillard. Simple hypothesis for the moment, the arrival of the leader in New York could cause the departure of Evan according to Fadeaway World :
A top-75 all-time player, Dame changes everything for the Knicks. It turns out that they could put together a decent package for him.
If they want to join the race for Lillard, they could offer Portland assets to rebuild like RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and some first-round picks. Since the Blazers are looking to rejuvenate their roster, they could ask New York to bring Jusuf Nurkic back into the deal, but in that case would have to bring in veteran sniper Evan Fournier as part of the trade.
Thanks to his last big year of contract, Vavane would thus act as “salary-filler” in this exchange which would bring back not only Lillard, but also Jusuf Nurkic in the Big Apple. Would this new start nevertheless have enough to satisfy the international tricolor? Not sure, knowing that the backcourt of Portland already appears well supplied in the state by young talents who require playing time to progress.
Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe, Scoot Henderson: all three should share a good part of the minutes allocated to the backs of the Blazers next year. Unless used as a winger under Chauncey Billups, Fournier would therefore have little room to express himself. Unless the Oregon franchise cuts him off as soon as he arrives and allows him to bounce back wherever he wants!
Promised to leave this summer, Evan Fournier could possibly take the direction of Portland, and take the opposite path to that of Damian Lillard. For that, the Knicks will already have to take over Miami in the battle leading to the leader!