As a player entering the fourth season of his rookie contract, Orlando Magic wing Evan Fournier is eligible to sign an extension prior to October 31st. And asked at the Magic's annual media day event if he'd like to get that task accomplished, Fournier said yes.
"It would be awesome, it would be awesome" said Fournier. "But to be honest, I don't even think about it. That's not in my power. That's not in my hands. I'm focused on being healthy and being back on the court. But yeah, it would be awesome."
Fournier hasn't had much time to think about the possibility of an extension, saying "the extension was the last thing on my mind;" he only recently arrived in town after representing France in EuroBasket, where he helped lead his country to a third-place finish. In the opening moments of the bronze-medal game, said Fournier, he tweaked his ankle. Fournier said Friday he expects to miss two weeks of training camp, but will "definitely" be ready to start the season.
"We have a whole month [to work on an extension]," said Fournier, who said his agent will be visiting Orlando within the week. "We're gonna discuss it and talk about it."
Fournier is entering his second season with the Magic. In his first pinstriped season, he averaged 12 points in 28.6 minutes per game with a True Shooting mark of 54.6 percent. What a player of his caliber--nearly 23, a reliable outside shooter with some off-the-dribble creativity, and lengthy at 6-foot-7--might command on the open market, with the salary-cap set to erupt, remains an open question. Our own Zach Oliver has contended Orlando ought to consider him part of its young core and lock him up with an extension.