Shams: Celtics a ‘potential suitor’ for Magic wing Evan Fournier

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Justin Quinn
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Evidently, it isn’t just star Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon the Boston Celtics may be interested in making a trade for ahead of the March 25 deadline, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania in a recent article detailing the lay of the 2021 trade market.

It seems the Celtics are a “potential suitor” for Evan Fournier, earning $17.1 million this season on an expiring contract. The veteran wing is putting up 19.3 points, 3 rebounds and 3.7 assist per game while shooting 46.2% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc, and would be a solid option for Boston to help shore up the team’s rotation after the loss of veteran forward Gordon Hayward in the offseason.

As with all such rumored interest, any potential deal would come down to the Magic’s ask for his services and Boston’s willingness to pay it.

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With the $28.5 million traded player exception (TPE) generated by Hayward’s exit at their disposal, the Celtics may be in an advantageous position to add Fournier if it wishes to do so.

Should they pull the trigger, it would seem likely other trades might need to be forthcoming to keep the team below the luxury tax this season for longer-term cap management concerns.

Yet another option to keep an eye on as the Thursday deadline inches ever closer.

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