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Knicks steal Evan Fournier with 4-year, $78 million deal

Evan Fournier, Knicks, Celtics

The New York Knicks have pried away Evan Fournier from the Boston Celtics, reaching a four-year deal to get the free agent swingman.

Fournier, who is still with France playing in the Tokyo Olympics, is expected to get paid up to $78 million in the said deal with the Knicks, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Evan Fournier was traded to the Celtics in a deadline deal that sent Jeff Teague and a couple of first-round picks to the Orlando Magic. In the 16 games (10 starts) he played in with Boston, he put up 13.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and  1.3 steals.

While the Celtics wanted to bring him back, they weren’t just unable to agree on a deal since both parties were far from contract negotiations.

As for the Knicks, it has been reported earlier that they were ready to swoop in with an offer that Fournier couldn’t refuse. And sure enough their $78 million offer is more than enough to quickly reach a deal with the Frenchman and his agent.

New York has been active at the start of free agency. Aside from the 28-year-old NBA veteran, the ‘Bockers have also reached an agreement with Alec Burks. They are also set to bring back Derrick Rose on a three-year, $43 million deal.