Following the Denver Nuggets (2012-2014), Orlando Magic (2014-2021), Boston Celtics (2021) and New York Knicks as of this date, Evan Fournier will experience his sixth NBA franchise. The French winger was signed by the Detroit Pistons on February 8. New York found a base for him a few hours before the end of the “trade”, the winter NBA transfer window. It was about time. With teammates Quentin Grimes and Malachi Flynn and up against two later draft picks, the former Nanterre and Poitiers player was traded for Bojan Bogdanović and Alec Burks, who are headed to the Big Apple.
Full trade, per ESPN sources:
Knicks: Bojan Bogdanović and Alec Burks
Pistons: Quentin Grimes, Malachi Flynn, Evan Fournier, Ryan Arcidiacono and two second-round picks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2024
For Evan Fournier, this is first of all excellent news. He hasn't played in New York since November 2022: his coach Tom Thibodeau sidelined him without ever taking him out. Since the beginning of the season, he has entered the game only three times, and for minutes that all together do not make up a complete match. Without any complaint, he was getting lost and it was taking too long.
“Rediscover rhythm and sensations”
He will find the field again in Detroit. If it's good news for him, it's great news for the French team: Evan Fournier is suddenly back in the race to qualify for the Olympics. Without playing with the Knicks, it would be complicated for Vincent Collet to take him this summer. That problem is solved: with the Pistons, the Frenchman will play about thirty games before the end of the regular season. He will find the rhythm, the sensations, the pleasure of playing that he lacked for 15 months.
The problem is that it belongs to the worst team in the NBA, worse than even Victor Wembanyama's Spurs (10W, 41D). Far from their past glory and their NBA titles at the crossroads of the 1980s and 1990s and the turn of the century, the Pistons have been dragging their misery in the depths of the Eastern Conference for years. Their half-season record is absolutely disastrous: 43 losses to only 7 wins. No NBA franchise is doing worse, and the presence of Evan Fournier and his three-point prowess won't change anything.
He will rest, like Wemby, Bilal Coulibaly in Washington and new teammate Kylian Hayes, at the end of the regular season in mid-April. Those chosen between them will then be able to devote themselves to preparations for the Games. With this trade and this transfer, Fournier should play his first game this Friday night against Portland.