Amid the flurry of activity that went down on the day the NBA’s moratorium lifted was Landry Fields officially signing his offer sheet with the Raptors on Wednesday. The Knicks now have until Saturday to match the offer.
Between how much the offer sheet is actually worth and whether or not the Knicks will match, there are still a lot of questions surrounding this deal.
We know it’s a three-year offer, but I’ve seen some reports that peg the deal at $20 million, some that say the offer “approaches” $20 million, others that write “roughly” $20 million, a few originally had $19 million, and then there’s Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday, who tweeted on Wednesday that the three-year offer sheet is worth $18.7 million.
Based on the fact that 18.7 is the most precise number we’ve seen and more importantly, is the cheapest figure we’ve seen, from a Raptors fan’s perspective, I’m going to go ahead and hopelessly assume it’s correct.
The other question is whether or not the Knicks will match the offer. When Steve Nash first spurned both the Raptors and Knicks to head to the Lakers, everyone assumed the Knicks would throw the “poison pill” offer back in the Raptors faces by not matching it. Then there was Chris Sheridan’s tweet that stated Toronto’s offer to Fields would be the only offer sheet handed out this summer to not be matched.
Basically, it had become almost comical that the Raptors had overpaid for Fields and were definitely “stuck” with him.
But later on Wednesday, there were rumblings from some reputable NBA media people on twitter that the Knicks matching the offer should not be ruled out just yet, while Bryan Colangelo pegs the chances of New York matching at “50/50.”
At the end of the day, I still doubt the Knicks match, and while I won’t doubt that Fields will be overpaid, I’ll also point out that it doesn’t mean he won’t fit in well here or won’t produce on the court. After all, there’s a difference between being overpaid and being a waste of space.
Fields will serve a purpose and fill a need in Toronto. In the next three days, we’ll find out if he’s going to get a chance to prove that.