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Report: Knicks signing Evan Fournier (up to $78M), Derrick Rose ($43M)

Evan Fournier in Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Evan Fournier #10 of the Orlando Magic shoots the ball during the game against the New York Knicks on March 18, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Evan Fournier will lead France against Italy in the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinals in less than eight hours.

So, he hoped to delay a decision in NBA free agency.

But when the Knicks – who are also re-signing Derrick Rose – came calling…

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Knicks were good last season. Derrick Rose was a key contributor. So were Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks, whom New York is also re-signing.

A wing who can shoot and has on-ball skills, Fournier is a nice and well-fitting addition.

But this is a lot of money on multi-year deals for veterans with minimal untapped upside. The Knicks are using much of their flexibility to build a team that looks like it’ll top out as solid – which could complicate landing a star.

Which might be fine. After so many lean years, New York could be content with a solid team. The Knicks have sunk much lower when chasing – and missing on – stars.

The Celtics saw the writing on the wall with Fournier, trading for Josh Richardson as a replacement in the wing rotation.