Toronto Raptors, Landry Fields Reportedly Agree on 3-Year Deal

TJ Nagy@@tj_nagyAnalyst IIIJuly 3, 2012

The Toronto Raptors have reached a verbal agreement with New York Knicks restricted free agent Landry Field, Marc Stein of ESPN has reported

Apparently, the offer is for three years for around $20 million and will most likely include a spike in the third and final year of the contract.

This probably comes as a bit a surprise for Knicks fans, especially considering the amount of money that the Raptors are offering for Fields' services.  The Knicks have three days after the deal is signed on July 11 to match Toronto's offer. 

Toronto is still in the Steve Nash race, after reportedly offering the future Hall of Fame point guard $36 million over three years to return to his native country, according to Stein. Adding Fields would provide Toronto with a very promising backcourt if they can coax Nash.

Fields has played two years with the New York Knicks and was the surprise player in the 2010 NBA Draft. After being drafted 39th overall, he burst onto the scene in a hurry, even making the All-Rookie First Team that season. For his career, he has averaged 9.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.2 APG

His rookie campaign faltered after the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple, and ever since then Fields has seemed to have a difficult time finding a place on this Knicks roster.

Still, he continued to show promise in his second year, and has become a huge fan favorite, as well as best friends with Knicks' rising star Jeremy Lin.

If Fields does leave, it'll be pretty heart wrenching to see him go in my opinion. He was a promising talent and definitely a player that could contribute on almost any team.

He still has plenty of time to grow and develop into a legitimate starter, but maybe there was just no longer a place for him on this Knicks team. A lot has certainly changed in two years. 

Things are looking pretty bleak right now for Fields and his future in NYC. But stay tuned for more information as it arrives. 

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