SNY has analyzed some available players who can help the Knicks before the March 25 trade deadline:
The skill that separates Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier from most players is that he can create his own shot. A career three-point shooter at 37%, Fournier has some directing skills and can fit the Knicks as a third scoring option. His ability to rebound or grab and shoot would be useful. With an average of 18.5 points this season, Fournier’s malleability is a major advantage.
Fournier is in the final year of an $ 85 million five-year contract and will be one of the best shooting guards available on the free agent market. The Magic roster has been ravaged by injuries. Orlando is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak that took the team to their second-worst Eastern Conference record. It would make sense to try to treat Fournier and recover some assets rather than re-signing the guard and getting into the luxury tax next season.
This will also require the Knicks to invest heavily in the past guard this season. If the Knicks acquired Fournier in a trade, they probably should have sent a first round pick to Orlando for the guard.