Found July 13, 2012 on The Windy Apple:

fieldsmatch Knicks Would Like To Bring Fields Back

When Landry Fields verbally agreed to a 3-year deal worth $20 million with the Toronto Raptors, many referred to the offer as the most overpaying contract of free agency- immediately ruling out the Knicks from matching. Since Fields officially inked the deal on Wednesday, the 3-day clock for the Knicks started ticking, making Saturday their last opportunity to match the offer sheet. Different from when the deal was first reported, reports are now implying their is a good possibility the Knicks will match. 

At yesterday’s press conference, Glen Grunwald said he hadn’t decided if he’ll match Toronto’s offer to Landry Fields yet, “we’re still looking at that offer sheet and what other alternatives might be available to us.” However, the Knicks GM did give an inclination that they would like to bring Fields back, noting, “Landry and Lin are two young players that we would like to bring back.” 

Although Landry’s stats declined last season, he’s a young body on the floor whose hustle, defense, and aggression is hard to replace. Unless the Knicks can find a better replacement, and quick, there’s a good chance we’ll see them match the deal that pays out $9.8 million in the third year. The Knicks want to avoid placing J.R. Smith in the starting lineup because it will have a significant impact, scoring wise, on the bench. Whatever the organization decides to do, they have about 24 hours to do it. 


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