The New York Knicks agreed to re-sign Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel on Wednesday night. They also added Evan Fournier in the process.
The New York Knicks agree to re-sign Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel was announced on July 11th. On the same day, Evan Fournier was signed as well.
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ESPN’s Tim Bontemps
The New York Knicks agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract to re-sign former MVP Derrick Rose on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and have an agreement in place with guard Evan Fournier, formerly of the Boston Celtics, his agent confirmed to Wojnarowski.
According to Wojnarowski, Fournier’s contract is for four years and may be worth up to $78 million. According to a source, the contract includes a fourth-year club option.
The Knicks also agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with guard Alec Burks, according to sources, and a three-year, $32 million agreement with center Nerlens Noel, according to his agency.
“I can’t wait to run it in New York!! Let’s get started! #knickstape, #knickstape, #knickstape, # “Noel sent out a tweet.
Along with RJ Barrett and Julius Randle, the winner of last season’s Most Improved Player Award, Fournier provides a much-needed offensive boost on the perimeter for the Knicks, who shot just 30 percent from 3-point range in their first-round playoff series defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.
Fournier, who is now representing France at the Tokyo Olympics, scored 17.1 points per game and shot a career-high 41.3 percent from 3-point range in 42 games with the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics last season.
Meanwhile, Rose, Burks, and Noel were all part of the Knicks’ unexpected comeback last season under first-year coach Tom Thibodeau, who was named Coach of the Year after leading the team to its first playoff appearance in seven seasons.
After falling in five games to the Hawks to begin the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2020-21, the Knicks will be hopeful that the acquisition of Fournier would help them turn things around in the postseason.
After six and a half years with the Magic, the Celtics acquired Fournier for a pair of second-round choices and guard Jeff Teague at the March trading deadline, putting Fournier within the huge trade exception established by Gordon Hayward’s signing-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets last summer.
But, after just 16 games with the Celtics, including missing a stretch of games due to COVID-19 and battling with the virus’s devastating consequences, Fournier has agreed to a contract with the Knicks that Boston refused to match since it would have put the Celtics in the luxury tax.
On Friday, the Celtics utilized the remaining room in the Hayward trade exception to take on the last year of Josh Richardson’s contract, giving them a guard to fit into new coach Ime Udoka’s rotation.
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Rose was acquired from the Detroit Pistons in a midseason deal, reuniting him with Thibodeau, who coached him during his MVP season with the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11 and again with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rose averaged 14.9 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 48.9% from the field in 35 games with the Knicks, proving that it was a good match.
In 49 games last season, Burks, 30, shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range and scored 12.7 points. Burks, an athletic slasher, found a home in New York last season after spending the previous two seasons with five different teams (the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers), providing a steady scoring presence on the wing.
Noel had a similar experience in 2020-21, when he appeared in 64 games, starting 41 of them, and averaging a career-high 2.2 blocks per game to go along with 5.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. When the two of them were healthy, Noel, 27, established an excellent combination with fellow young center Mitchell Robinson, and he stepped in admirably as the main option when Robinson was injured.
Noel, who is in his ninth NBA season, spent parts of three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers after being chosen sixth overall in 2013, two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, and two more with the Oklahoma City Thunder before joining the Knicks last summer.
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