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RUMOR: Knicks ready to offer Celtics’ Evan Fournier a bag of money

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After a solid campaign where they secured the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks are looking to strengthen their roster even more this offseason. The team has been linked with just about everyone imaginable at this point, with the latest player being Boston Celtics forward/guard Evan Fournier.

The Frenchman, who is currently competing at the Tokyo Olympics, is reportedly far apart from the Celtics in contract extensions, with Boston unwilling to meet his asking price. The Knicks, however, according to The Athletic’s John Hollinger, have an offer ready for Fournier that he won’t be able to refuse.

Finally, going back to the top, there’s Fournier and Boston. The Knicks reportedly have swooped in and are ready to make an offer for him that’s too rich for Boston’s blood, necessitating the Richardson deal.

While Fournier can play both the wing and shooting guard, he would certainly give the Knicks another versatile offensive threat. In 2020/21, he averaged 17.1 points, 3.0 boards, and 3.4 assists in time split between the Orlando Magic and Celtics. Fournier also shot an impressive 41% from downtown.

The Knicks need more perimeter shooting after sinking just 34% of their three-point attempts in a first-round exit and the Celtics swingman would potentially fit the bill. Since Boston has turned down the idea of giving Fournier $80 million across four years, New York clearly has a bag of money ready for Evan Fournier.

This is a situation to keep an eye on.