Grade the Trade: Knicks get Evan Fournier upgrade in mock proposal

New York Knicks, Evan Fournier
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The New York Knicks don't necessarily have an Evan Fournier problem. He's disgruntled and wants a change of scenery, but he isn't holding the team back. This will undoubtedly be his last season in New York, as he has a $19 million club option for 2024-25.

Although Fournier said he wanted to make it to where Tom Thibodeau couldn't ignore him and keep him out of the rotation this season, he's played in only one game. Unless the Knicks are dealing with a couple of injured rotation players, Fournier will remain on the bench.

If a star became available, maybe New York could include him in the deal to help salaries match. The deadline is two and a half months away, and star trade rumors have died down. That could easily change, though.

New York could look to take a different avenue in a Fournier trade, including a deal that The Athletic's James L. Edwards III proposed (subscription required).

Should the Knicks be interested in trading for Bojan Bogdanovic?

The Pistons are terrible. Yes, they weren't supposed to be good, but they've somehow been far worse than expected. Edwards reported that Detroit isn't thinking about a "panic trade," but that could change if the Pistons remain at the bottom of the league.

Bojan Bogdanovic is a player who could be on the move. The 34-year-old is making $20 million this season (compared to Fournier's $18.9 million) and has a partially guaranteed contract for 2024-25. If the Knicks and Pistons were inclined to do so, they could do a Fournier-Bogdanovic swap.