At the start of the season, fans were alarmed by Tom Thibodeau saying that Evan Fournier was the frontrunner to start at shooting guard for the New York Knicks. But the 30-year-old has since racked up six straight DNPs and last played in a game on Nov. 13.
A trade is inevitable at this point, but it could be complicated to find a trade partner due to Fournier’s drop in performance and the contract that he signed ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Still, if there is a team that’s interested in adding a threat from deep, Fournier’s a player that’s worth considering. He’s a negative factor on the defensive end and he’s inconsistent as a shooter, which is what led to him being benched by Thibodeau. Fournier broke John Starks’ single-season three-point record last year though, and his shooting is what kept him in New York’s starting lineup for so long.
How much longer will Evan Fournier remain with the New York Knicks?
With Quentin Grimes back in the lineup after dealing with a foot injury, the Knicks officially no longer need Fournier. To get rid of Fournier, New York may have to end up attaching a first-round pick to him. However, that reportedly isn’t something that the front office is willing to do.
If a deal doesn’t materialize in the next few weeks, a team could be more willing to take a gamble on Fournier as we get closer to the February trade deadline.