Four weeks after the start of the regular season, Evan Fournier’s situation in New York is increasingly fragile. The captain of the Blues vice-champions of Europe in September was kept on the bench Tuesday evening throughout the meeting in Utah (118-111). A decision assumed by his coach Tom Thibodeau after the match. ” We wanted to see what it would look like, said former Bulls coach about his tight rotation, without Fournier or Quentin Grimes. And I think it gave us more rhythm. »
For his second season in New York, the back of the France team had started as a starter but, as of November 5, he had been relegated off the bench and his playing time had melted at the same time as his statistics (2 .7 points at 19.4% shooting in November). Last season, Fournier started in the 80 games he played with the Knicks for an average of 14.1 points and a franchise record with 241 award-winning baskets. Absent from the play-offs in the spring, Thibodeau’s players are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference (7 wins – 7 losses).
Evan Fournier is under contract with the Knicks for two more seasons, until 2024-2025 included. But New York can choose to activate or decline the last year of the four-year, $78 million (around €75 million) lease signed by the Frenchman in the summer of 2021.