Evan Fournier feels in his prime, wants to stay in New York Knicks

2023-01-24 19:13

Evan Fournier wants to stay as a Knick: "I love New York. So I'd love to stay, but I'd love to play."

Credit: USA TODAY Sports - Scanpix
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Evan Fournier wants to be part of the New York Knicks franchise as the Feb. 9 trade deadline nears.

"Best-case scenario, I want to stay here. I want to play here," he told Zach Braziller of the New York Post. "I had a bunch of different choices in free agency and I wanted to be a Knick. I love New York. I wanted to play for [Tom Thibodeau]. So I'd love to stay, but I'd love to play."

Fournier is having a limited role in New York this season, averaging 6.8 points over 20 games (18.5 minutes), despite being a key player last campaign. At that time, he registered 79 games (29.5 minutes) and posted 14.2 points.

3-pointers this season

Points made: 11,9
Accuracy: 34,1%
Place in standings: 15
Record max: 19
Record min: 5
Most made 3FGs: Julius Randle

Fournier also snatched the franchise record for 3-pointers made in a season in 2021-22.

"I'm in the best shape of my career. I should be in my prime. I am in my prime," he said. "You want to play, for sure. Especially as a competitor. It's not like I forgot how to play. Last year I had a different role and somehow I was able to break a 30-year-old franchise record. So I am going to find a way to adapt to any situation."

The 30-year-old swingman from France is making $18 million this season and will make $18.9 million next season before having a $19 million club option the following year.


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