Fournier Trade Brings Restored Hope to Boston


While many are focused on the quality offensive production that Evan Fournier is bringing to Boston, the most important element of the trade might not even have to do with him, believe it or not. 

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What matters most is the fact that Danny Ainge has not given up on this team, or on this season.  At 21-23, the Celtics sit at eighth in the East and were in need of a new piece now more than ever.  A change needed to be made, and it was. 

It goes without saying that Fournier is a great option, but in all seriousness, there were a variety of moves that could have been made that would have likely sat well with the majority of the Celtics faithful. 

There are always going to be those out there who critique Ainge no matter what he does.  He could have traded a second-round pick and Romeo Langford for Michael Jordan today and you would probably still see tweets complaining about the move.  But for the first time in years, Ainge actually made a trade, and it was a good one at that. 

The Celtics got better today.  Are they going to go out and sweep a playoff series against the Nets?  Probably not.  But Ainge showed fans and the league that the team still has hopes of turning things around, and they still have time to do just that. 

A lot of people have brought up the fact that Fournier might not solve Boston's problems.  The Celtics added another wing, so how is he going to fit alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown?  We all know the whole Gordon Hayward thing did not really work as expected, and now he's off in Charlotte having one of the best seasons of his career. 

Ideally Boston would have worked out a deal for Nikola Vucevic or Aaron Gordon, who would have helped solve one of the team's most glaring issues, which is of course the play down low.  The fact that Ainge did not bite on a big man tells you that there is a certain level of faith, a rather high one, in Robert Williams, who has been impressive in his limited minutes off the bench. 

So then, what exactly does Fournier provide?  Why is this team better? 

For two second-round picks, the Celtics added a guy averaging 19.7 points per game that shoots 46% from the field, 39% from behind the arc and 80% from the charity stripe.  Whether he starts or comes off the bench is something we are sure to find out, but either way he is going to give a spark to a team that needs one. 

Compared to years past, the Celtics bench has played under expectations.  It is primarily made up of first and second-year players who are still trying to find their rhythm.  They will find it eventually, but they could use some veteran guidance.  Brad Stevens will likely stick with Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for now, so with Fournier coming off the bench, that veteran guidance has arrived. 

There has been a lot of criticism on Twitter of the move, with a lot of people saying Boston did not improve at all.  But they did.  The trade not only improved the roster, it improved spirits within the organization.  While it might not have turned the Celtics into the 1992 Olympic Dream Team, it was a step in the right direction towards a potential championship. 

If Ainge did not make a move today, it was a surefire sign that he was waiting until 2021-22 to see how things played out.  He likely would have loaded up this offseason and hoped for the best next year.  Today's move should instill hope back into the hearts of Celtics fans. 

While it might not be the season fans expected, it's not over, and Evan Fournier could be crucial to a late-season run. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Fournier Trade Brings Restored Hope to Boston
Fournier Trade Brings Restored Hope to Boston
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