By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics made a deadline day trade with the Orlando Magic. It’s not for Aaron Gordon, but Boston is adding some much needed scoring and shooting with swingman Evan Fournier.READ MORE: Patriots Mock Draft Roundup: Mac Jones Or Trey Lance In First Round?
Boston will reportedly send a pair of second-round picks and disappointing guard Jeff Teague to Orlando for Fournier. Teague is expected to be waived by Orlando and become a free agent. The Celtics used part of their traded player exception to add Fournier, and will have roughly $11 million of it remaining this offseason.
The 28-year-old Fournier started 26 games for Orlando this season, averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game. The nine-year veteran is shooting 46 percent from the floor and 39 percent from three-point range, and should provide some much-needed shooting for Boston. He’s also averaging 4.7 free throws per game, which is more than anyone on the Celtics roster this season.
Fournier will be a free agent after the season, but Boston will retain his Bird Rights in the offseason. He announced on Twitter that he’ll wear No. 94 with Boston this season, becoming the first Celtic to don those digits on the back of his jersey.READ MORE: Iceland's Arnor Traustason Eager To Make Mark With New England Revolution
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La miff c le retour du 94
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 25, 2021
Acquiring Fournier is not the move most Celtics fans wanted on deadline day, but it’s a move that should help a team that has struggled to a 21-23 record.