Kicking off the madness that was the 2014 NBA Draft were the Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets, orchestrating a trade sending Arron Afflalo back to Denver in exchange for Evan Fournier and pick 56 in the draft, which Orlando used to select Roy Devyn Marble out of Iowa.
The initial reaction to this deal, which went through just hours prior to the draft commencing, was that the Magic got fleeced, but I’m not convinced of that. I’m a huge fan of Fournier and think he can be a very solid NBA player and fantasy contributor.
Fournier however, had his potential value sliced by the Magic acquiring Elfrid Payton in Thursday’s draft. Payton will likely start next to Victor Oladipo meaning Fournier will play off the bench as the third guard or fourth guard behind Jameer Nelson. If Nelson is moved on, I like Fournier’s ability to retain top 160 value, but that seems tough at the moment.
Last season in Denver, Fournier averaged 20 minutes a game, scoring 8.4 points, 1.2 three-pointers and 0.5 steals, but had a run of big games when Ty Lawson and Foye sat with injury. In a dynasty format, I’m still high on Fournier and would like to get him for cheap if you could, but for standard leagues, Payton’s appearance will hamper him immensely.