As many expected, the deadline came and passed for the New York Knicks to match the Toronto Raptors offer-sheet to swingman Landry Fields.
According to New York Newsday’s Al Iannazzone the Knicks won’t be matching the three-year, $19-20 million offer sheet to the second-year pro from Stanford.
The Knicks are not matching the offer sheet to Landry Fields, his agent said.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) July 15, 2012
Fields certainly wasn’t worth over what was reported $10 million in the third year of the deal, but allowing Fields to walk means the Knicks are very thin at the 2-guard spot, especially with Iman Shumpert out until January with a knee injury. That means currently, J.R. Smith is the only healthy shooting guard on the roster.
The Stanford product was a good locker room guy and a young player that gave effort at both ends of the floor.
The Knicks’ reluctance to match is not shocking. Fields, 24, had a solid rookie season after making the team roster as a second-round selection. But Fields took a step back last year as he averaged just 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He also saw his shooting percentages drop, hitting just 46 percent of his field goals and 25.6 percent of his threes.
As a rookie, Fields made 49.7 percent of his field goals and 39.3 percent of his shots from behind the arc, averaging 9.7 points on the season.
Fields is a player who did nothing special in a Knicks uniform, but could be counted on to do the little things. But in light of his sophomore slump it’s hard to justify paying him $19 million-plus.
Now general manager Glen Grunwald must find an alternative to Fields. One that will be able to bring it on the defensive end as well.
The only things in the Big Apple that is certain is that the Knicks roster is ever changing, they are getting older by the day and will be attempting to win a championship without the services of Fields.
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