After trading Victor Oladipo to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the importance of re-signing Evan Fournier went up exponentially for the Orlando Magic.
With the NBA's moratorium ending on Thursday, the Magic made the return of Fournier official, announcing they had agreed to a new deal with the sharpshooting Frenchman. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced. Marc Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated reported on Friday that Fournier and the Magic had agreed to a five-year deal worth $85 million.
Fournier, 23, has shown big signs of improvement since being acquired by the Magic prior to the 2015 NBA Draft. After coming off the bench for two years with the Denver Nuggets, Fournier has started 103 of the 137 games he's played in Orlando.
During the 2015-16 season, Fournier posted career-highs across the board, averaging 15.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
From the start, keeping Fournier made sense for the Magic. He fits well with Elfrid Payton, whom the team remains to be high on, and has shown a willingness to take the shot at the end of the game, something the Magic have missed.