The New York Knicks reached a three-year, $ 43 million deal to get Derrick Rose back, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In addition, the New York quintet has an agreement in principle with Evan Fournier, a former Boston Celtics guard, the player’s agent confirmed to Wojnarowski.
The Knicks acquired Rose in a mid-season trade with the Detroit Pistons to reunite with Thibodeau, their coach during the 2010-11 season, in which he won the Most Valuable Player award with the Chicago Bulls, and then got back together with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The duo proved successful, averaging Rose 14.9 points and 4.2 assists, while hitting 48.9 percent of their field goals in 35 games with New York.
Fournier’s deal is for four years and can be worth up to $ 78 million and includes a team option in the fourth year, according to a source.
The Knicks also reached a three-year, $ 30 million deal to rehire guard Alec Burks and finalized a three-year, $ 32 million deal to get center Nerlens Noel back, their agent told Wojnarowski.
The addition of Fournier gives New York, which scored just 30 percent of its 3-point attempts in a first-round Playoff series loss to the Atlanta Hawks, a needed offensive improvement on the perimeter RJ Barrett and Julius Randle. , the latter, winner of the Most Improved Player award.
Fournier, 28, who is currently playing for France at the Tokyo Olympics, averaged 17.1 points per game last season and set a career-high 41.3 percent efficiency on his 3-point attempts in 42 games between the Orlando Magic and the Celtics.
Meanwhile, Rose, Burks and Noel were part of the Knicks’ surprising revival under Tom Thibodeau, who won the Coach of the Year award in his first season with the team, which he led to the Playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.
The Knicks hope the addition of Fournier will help turn their fortunes around in the postseason after losing five games to the Hawks.
After spending six and a half years with the Magic, the Celtics acquired Fournier in a trade deadline last March for a pair of second-round picks and guard Jeff Teague, leading Fournier to the massive trade exception. created by Gordon Hayward when he went to the Charlotte Hornets in a signing and changed last offseason.
However, after playing only 16 games with the Celtics, including a missed period due to COVID-19 and dealing with later symptoms generated by the virus, Fournier is now with the Knicks with a contract that Boston did not want to match. the deal would have led him to pay the luxury tax.
Burks, 30, made 41.5 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaged 12.7 points in 49 games last season. He found his home in New York last season after being with five different teams, the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers the previous two years, and his presence will give the Knicks scoring consistency.