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Knicks do not match offer, Landry Fields is a Raptor

Jul 15, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

Landry Fields

The Toronto Raptors have a new starting swingman. Well, at least until Terrence Ross takes his job away.

The Knicks have chosen not to match the three-year, $18.7 million offer sheet Landry Fields signed with Toronto, reports Alan Hahn of the MSG Network. Which means Fields will be Raptor next season. It was speculated the Raptors made the offer just to mess with the Nets pursuit of Steve Nash (who went to the Lakers in a move that was a surprise to everyone), but now they got him and that contract.

Fields is not a great fit for the direction the Knicks are going. He played well in New York when Raymond Felton was running the pick-and-role with Amare Stoudemire. However, when the Knicks offense became more Carmelo Anthony based Fields was on the way out.

Fields will give Toronto a solid two-way player who can soak up more than 25 minutes a night. He played his best in New York next to a strong point guard and the Raptors have Kyle Lowry.  He could give more than the 8.8 points per game he averaged last year.

Fields makes about $5 million the first couple years of his deal but that jumps way up in the third year. Hence the “poison pill” part of the deal.

But now the Raptors have to swallow that pill.

  1. cakemixa - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    What’s the pick and role?

  2. saint1997 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    That is a jammed and talented backcourt the Raptors are acquiring. Lowry, Ross, DeRozan, Calderon, Fields etc. Should be interesting to watch. Is it just me or in this offseason have all the dodgy teams done moves through drafts, FA or trades that have improved them? The league is becoming a bit more even and next season should be really intriguing

    • londonaiooo - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:52 AM

      Agree with you that teams seem to be improving themselves either in the short or long term, or are being active to try and improve (I.e. Houston), which bodes well for next season. It seems that the teams most likely to slide badly are Dallas and Orlando, while Phoenix and Philly might struggle to match their 2011-12 levels based on current moves (but even they seem poised for some other moves in the near future). All the contenders seem to have improved themselves too.

  3. knightrider1755 - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Good move for Fields. Fields flourished with Llin and Felton at the pg position because he was able to get more touches and fast break opportunities under D’Antoni’s system. Playing with ball-hoggin’ Melo, .Fields’ game suffered along with Amare’s. In Toronto he will at least get the opportunity to play more and spend less time on the bench.

    • bishopbengals - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      I’ve noticed that all you do is hate on the Knicks in your posts. What an enjoyable life you must live.

  4. blakspartan - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    everyone is trying to stack up just to beat the heat LOL, lebron James decision has affected the whole NBA

    • andyhr17 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Correct. Before Lebron went to the Heat teams did not make trades or sign free agents or try to improve in any way at all in the offseason. You are a true NBA historian.

  5. deeballer - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I’m glad that everyone is gunning for the Heat. At least it keeps the Heat on their toes and will be ready. One thing all these teams are building that they don’t seem to understand is chemistry. Wade, James, and Bosh are all very close friends. They genuinely hangout with each other and enjoy each other’s company. Shoot, even Melo loves hanging out with them. They are also very unselfish on the court. Can’t say that for all the other teams gunning for them.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Because “true friendship” is the key to winning the NBA title. You are an idiot.

  6. doclolly - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    ” It was speculated the Raptors made the offer just to mess with the Nets pursuit of Steve Nash (who went to the Lakers in a move that was a surprise to everyone)”

    Ah those pesky raptors signing fields to an offer sheet to stop the nets from getting Nash.. DAMN THEM, i mean where do they get off signing a knick to stop the nets from getting nash

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      And they will be saddled with that awful contract. Thank you. We are better off with what we have, not having to give up Shump to get Nash on his last legs. Morey is about to get screwed in similar fashion when we don’t match on Lin. NO HOWARD FOR THEM.

  7. dysraw1 - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Landry had a few bright moments while he was here he shrank like a violet when Melo got to town, instead of elevating his game he choose let to much thinking dictate his play

  8. aldavis4president - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Raptors have a nice team! They made playoffs not to long ago and slipped alittle when bosh took his tears to south beach..Lowry iz a VERY UNDERRATED pg, derozen quietly averaged 20ppg last season Bargiani will score nd Ross Waz a STEAL! I like what they’re doing in Toronto..now if they cud trade Calderon for a solid PF or jus a big in general.

  9. angelcastro1120 - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    @andy…stop trolling with you stupid sarcastic remarks. It’s just childish and has no place here. Free Agency and multiple trades before the start of any season was never something people were THAT much interested in until “maybe” the Boston Big Three and definitely after the Miami Big Three. So stop coming off as some high and mighty fan that religiously kept an ear out for every major transaction. We can see your bullshit from a mile away. After June/July 2010 is when people truly cared about free agency and deadlines and the CBA and sign and trades and all that crap. So don’t knock any poster from stating the obvious: teams are gunning for the Heat. Plain and simple for your equally plain and simple intelligence.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    THANK GOD. Good riddance.

  11. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    As I’ve said many times profootballtalk & probasketballtalk both need proof readers or simply proof read yourself!! The Nets don’t have anything to do with this Kurt

  12. ajpurp - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Brining Felton back and letting fields go begs the question why were the Knicks so intent on keeping fields over gallinari or Felton??? Galo woulda been great to have and that was just obviously a plain mistake at the time and it can be argued Felton would have been better than fields in the “system” than fields. Idiots. That’s why new York is stuck in mediocrity

  13. ajpurp - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Brining Felton back and letting fields go begs the question why were the Knicks so intent on keeping fields over gallinari or Felton??? Galo woulda been great to have and that was just obviously a plain mistake at the time and it can be argued Felton would have been better than fields in the “system” than fields. Idiots. That’s why new York is stuck in mediocrity

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