Toronto Attempts To Steal Fields

Bryan Colangelo made a shrewd move by signing Landry Fields to a three-year offer sheet worth $20 million.

Who cares if twitter and the rest of the internet doubts this offer sheet? This move gives Toronto a smart wing who can play either shooting guard or small forward. Granted, his stats aren’t flashy – 7.2 points and 3.0 rebounds last season –  but he was one of the top wings on the market and to secure him for under $7 million per season is a nice move.

Besides, it’s easy to chalk up his dip in stats last season due to having to fight Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire for touches.

Raptors fans can complain about spending this much money on Fields, but what other wing would you want to spend this kind of money on? There’s no way Toronto was going to get Nicolas Batum for that kind of money when Minnesota was going to offer him at least $10 million a season for four years.

For comparison sake, Gerald Wallace averaged 13.8 points last season and is on the tail end of his career, yet he inked a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets for north of $40 million.

There’s no way Toronto wanted to add a knucklehead like Michael Beasley into the mix for the next few season.

The reality is Colangelo needed to spend money on a wing and Fields is a solid get for this kind of money.

Now, lets see if Steve Nash joins the mix. If he does, then Toronto will be looking at a revamped starting five next year of Jonas Valanciunas, Andrea Bargnani, Fields, DeMar DeRozan and Nash. Plus the team will have Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, Linas Kleiza and Terrence Ross coming off of the bench. Not a bad mix for Dwane Casey to work with next season.

If Casey was able to work magic with his roster last year, imagine what Casey and Nash could do with that starting five?


Ryan McNeill
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  • Hatts

    Is ‘Quincy Ross’ the new Forderon? LOL

    Also, fighting for touches might explain his drop in points, but it can’t explain his drop in FT%. Something went wrong with his shot last year, and I don’t think it can be attributed to melo & amare.

  • Ryan McNeill

    Good point on the FT%. All I can hope is that it dipped due to his lack of touches which led to a dip in his confidence. But, you’re right, the dip on FT% is worrisome.

  • Tim W.

    Well, you all know how i feel about Fields. His shot is a bit crooked, but his good looks are straight on.
    I would pay him more just to look at him in some Raptors shorts!