With a league-high $52.6 million in cap space, the New York Knicks' biggest free agent splash happened to come in a deal for swingman Evan Fournier, who agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $78 million on Monday night.
Although Fournier's playmaking ability and ballhandling skills should upgrade the Knicks' offense, SiriusXM NBA Radio host Justin Termine isn't exactly a fan of the deal. He believes the Knicks overspent on Fournier, and complicated their future free agent plans.
"You're New York, a free agent target for a lot of these guys if a guy becomes available. And right now, you're not going to have the ability to do that in the summer of 2022 because you gave Evan Fournier about $20 million a year," Termine told The DA Show on Tuesday. "I can tell you, Evan Fournier is not worth $18-20 million a year. I'm not sure they're even going to be better next year. Miami's going to improve, they were behind the Knicks in the standings.
"Atlanta, even though they beat them in the first round, was behind New York in the standings. I can't see Boston being as bad as last year. I don't think Boston's going to be great, but they're probably better than the Knicks. So, I can see the Knicks -- even though they're better on paper right now -- taking a step back in the standings. And also, they preclude themselves from making additions here in the future. So, I don't like what New York did."
Fournier averaged 17.1 points and shot 41.3-percent from three-point range in 42 games split between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic last season. The 28-year-old has also starred for France in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, leading them to an upset win over Team USA last week.
While Fournier was the Knicks' lone new addition in free agency, the team also brought back veteran guard Derrick Rose on a three-year, $43 million deal, and re-signed center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks to three-year deals in the $30 million range.
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