Very quietly, Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier is having a career-best campaign.
Averaging 17.9 points per contest while shooting 40.5 percent from three-point range, Fournier has also averaged 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, both of which are also career-highs.
Since he’s in just the second year of a five-year, $85 million contract with the 12-29 Magic, his name has come up in recent trade rumors. The remainder of this season and the next two are fully guaranteed and he has a $17 million player option for the 2020-2021 campaign.
Recently, Steve Kyler of Basketball Outsiders reported that Orlando wants to trade the Frenchman.
“There has been a lot of talk that the Magic would like to move guard Evan Fournier, but they have yet to be offered anything that’s worth doing, according to sources,” Kyler wrote.
However, the Magic surprisingly might not want draft picks in return.
“The Magic also don’t find draft pick based offers overly appealing, mainly because of the youth on the roster already and the likelihood their own pick will land in the top five. Too much youth, especially mid-to-late first round youth, would likely stall forward progress,” according to Kyler.
On Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Detroit Pistons were not only interested, but actively pursued a deal for the shooting guard.
“Detroit pursued a deal for Fournier, but that would've been hard to execute without Reggie Jackson's contract included -- even if Detroit decided to include promising rookie Luke Kennard. Jackson will be sidelined for another month-plus with a severely sprained ankle,” Woj wrote.
Although Fournier has struggled over the last few games, he had an impressive seven-game stretch in December when he averaged 20.1 points in 34.3 minutes per game. He shot 51.5 percent overall and 48.6 percent from three-point range in that span.
Since Fournier is 25 years old, there’s plenty of time for him to expand his game on the right team and in the right situation. Since he’s been more of a pure scorer than anything else in Orlando, perhaps he’d be given a different role somewhere else. If not, he'd still most likely hold quite a bit of value as a consistent threat in the scoring column on a nightly basis.
In today’s inflated market, $17 million per season for a proven 17-plus point-per-game scorer might be an appealing bargain for a team in need of some help on the offensive end of the court. The Magic have until the February 8 deadline to complete a deal.News Now - Sport News