The Timberwolves were in town on Saturday, and New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier played his second straight preseason game and got to see his good friend Rudy Gobert. The two spent a good chunk of the summer together during the FIBA World Cup, where France failed to medal.
Unsurprisingly, the Minnesota center advocated for Fournier, who has been out of New York’s rotation for nearly a calendar year.
"“He’s the best shooter on the team. He’s the best shooter on the Knicks,” Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves center and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, told The Post. “In terms of pure 3-point shooting, I think he’s the best.”"
Fournier combined for 26 points in two preseason games, shooting 6-of-13 from three. He made frustrated comments over the summer about his uncertain future and reiterated at training camp that he could help his team.
Hopefully, he isn’t feeling too optimistic because with Tom Thibodeau’s tight nine-man rotation, Fournier will most likely continue to be on the outside looking in once the season starts.
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