With news leaking today that the Toronto Raptors signed Jordan Hamilton the current roster has 16 players with guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season.
With the maximum roster size being 15 that means one player won’t be with the Raptors come opening night.
Landry Fields has struggled to find his way onto the court for a variety of reasons, and, even when he did last season, he lacked the confidence in his ability to hit an open jumper. Fields shot 40% from the field while passing on lots of open looks. That meant opposing teams were able to sag off of him and could easily double another Raptor.
Toronto now has a glut of wing players under contract in DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, James Johnson, Jordan Hamilton, Landry Fields, and Bruno Caboclo.
It gets even tougher for Fields to crack the rotation when you factor in Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez can also play minutes as shooting guard.
Throw into the mix that Fields had a Real Plus Minus of 0.87 in just over 300 total minutes last season and it’s clear he’s not worth $8.5 million this season.
Enter the infamous stretch provision that’s part of the NBA’s CBA. This would allow Fields to be removed from the roster while spreading out his contract over multiple seasons to help with their salary cap.
Or, it’s possible Toronto is okay absorbing his bad contract this season because of what it would open in cap space this summer. If that’s the case, it’s likely Toronto has a trade brewing to move multiple players while bringing less players back.
They could also move Landry or another player for a draft pick.