2021 Free Agency

Knicks re-sign Derrick Rose, add Evan Fournier

New York will reportedly re-sign its veteran point guard -- as well as Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks -- and adds a scorer in Fournier.

From NBA.com News Services

The Knicks were busy to open free agency, reportedly reaching deals with Derrick Rose and Evan Fournier.

The New York Knicks have reportedly agreed to re-sign free agent guard Derrick Rose and add Boston’s Evan Fournier, according to multiple reports. The Knicks officially announced the addition of Fournier on Aug. 17 and Rose’s re-signing became official a day later.

Rose helped New York reach the playoffs last season for the first time since 2013 after his acquisition from Detroit in February. Rose will reportedly sign for $43 million over three years.

Fournier comes to the Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal in which the Celtics send Fournier, a 2023 second-round Draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round Draft pick (from Charlotte, top 55 protected) for cash considerations. The move creates a trade exception for Boston as well.

Aside from retaining Rose and adding Fournier, the Knicks also made sure two key players from last season’s playoff squad stayed in the fold. The Knicks reportedly agreed to a three-year, $32 million deal with big man Nerlens Noel and gave reserve guard Alec Burks as three-year, $30 million deal as well.

According to reports, Fournier will sign a four-year deal up to $78 million with the Knicks. He spent the end of the 2020-21 season with the Celtics after playing the previous eight-plus campaigns in Orlando.

A career 14.3-point scorer, Fournier averaged 13.0 while shooting 46.3% on 3-pointers in his brief 16-game stint in Boston.

Noel, a former lottery pick in 2013, averaged 5.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game for the Knicks, with his blocks average being a career-best. Burks seemed to find a home with the Knicks after playing for four teams over the previous two seasons. He averaged 12.7 ppg and shot 41.5% on 3-pointers off the bench, his best mark on 3-pointers in his career.