This just in: The Boston Celtics are acquiring Evan Fournier from the Orlando Magic!
With just about three hours to go in the 2021 NBA trade deadline, the Boston Celtics have made a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire 28-year-old forward Evan Fournier. This season, Fournier is averaging 20 PPG going along with nearly four assists per. Fournier gives the Celtics a much-needed scorer off the bench, something they have struggled to find all year.
The Celtics plan to give up two second-round picks in the deal, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.
It seemed that the Celtics would be going after Fournier’s teammate, Aaron Gordon, at this season’s trade deadline. That leads me to believe that the Celtics aren’t finished just yet, and Gordon still may be on the table.
The Celtics, who have been known for being pretty quiet at the trade deadline for the past few years may be more active than normal this year. Boston stands at eighth place in the Eastern Conference this year, and are two games below .500. It is clear that Boston needs immediate help if they want to make a deep playoff run this season.
How Acquiring Evan Fournier Will Benefit Boston
Not only were the Celtics able to get Fournier at a low cost, but they were also able to obtain his Bird rights. This means that Boston can sign him in the offseason, even if it means they go over the salary cap. Fournier will provide immediate help for the struggling Celtics this year and hopefully find himself a home for the next few seasons. Acquiring Evan Fournier sets Boston up not only for this season but hopefully in seasons to come.
It was also reported that Celtics’ bigs such as Tristan Thompson and Daniel Theis had been receiving interest from several teams. (update: The Celtics reportedly trade Daniel Theis, Jeff Teague and Javonte Green, acquire former Wizards big Moritz Wagner) With the recent impact of Robert Williams, Theis became the odd man out.
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