RUMOR: NBA executives see Magic’s Evan Fournier as a likely trade candidate
Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier is among the likeliest players to be traded ahead of next year’s deadline, one that could be worth some serious compensation from teams inquiring about his services. According to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks, Fournier was a popular pick for most likely to be moved.
The franchise hasn’t shown any willingness to trade Fournier, but decisions will have to be made sooner than later, considering there are only six weeks left before the Feb. 6 deadline hits.
Fournier is posting a career-best 20 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the field and 42.7% from deep. The French guard has a $17.2 million player option for 2020-21 that most expect he will not pick up in the summer, likely hoping for a bigger contract.
The Magic are 12-17 this season, a record barely good enough to muster the eighth spot in the East, a full game ahead of the 13-20 Charlotte Hornets.
Fournier will have competition at the wing from other potential names like DeMar DeRozan and Jrue Holiday, two other potent 20-point scorers playing for sub-.500 teams that will need to make moves before the deadline.
The Magic is likely to ask for some stiff compensation for Fournier but could risk keeping him if they feel this roster has enough to hang onto a playoff spot. Doing so could come at a risk, however, as Fournier could walk away for nothing if he gets a substantial offer from a team in free agency.