France’s back Evan Fournier, who became a free agent this summer, will sign a four-year contract with the New York Knicks, and his teammate Nicolas Batum will extend with the Los Angeles Clippers, US media reported on Tuesday.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Fournier, who spent this six-and-a-half-year Orlando winter in Boston, is not going to last forever in Massachusetts. He is preparing to move to NY, with a four-season, $ 78 million contract.
The 28-year-old international back (2.01m, 77 caps), who stood out at the Tokyo Games, being decisive in the resounding victory of the Blues over Team USA (83-76), will join the Knicks who were the surprise team last season, managed to play the play-offs after eight years of famine.
They were eliminated in the first round by Atlanta, lacking offensive spring in that series. However, this is precisely what Fournier can bring them, who shot 17.1 points (41.3% at 3 points), 3.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists on average in 42 recent season games. guliÃ¨re, and has the profile to be appreciated by the hot fans of the mythical Madison Square Garden.
Under coach Tom Thibodeau, he should be a starter alongside strongman Julius Randle (24.1 pts, 10.2 rebounds, 6 assists) and clothing ran All-Star Derrick Rose who has extended his contract. On the other hand, he will not play with his teammate in Blue, point guard Frank Ntilikina, left free after four seasons during which he has never won.
On the side of Nicolas Batum, reborn last season with the Clippers with whom he reached the Western conference final, beaten by Phoenix while deprived of the injured star Kawhi Leonard, the adventure will last two seasons in LA, according to the well-informed The Athletic website.
The 32-year-old winger and captain of the French Blues joined the California franchise last season, after seven seasons in Portland and five in Charlotte.
Within the Clipps, Batum found his place, that of an extremely useful “glue guy” (jack of all trades), and revived his career, turning to 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. per game.