Knicks Confirm They Will Not Match Fields’ Offer Sheet, Possibly Won’t Match Lin EITHER
The Knicks confirmed that they did not match Landry Fields’ offer sheet, so Fields will be a Toronto Raptor next season.
However, the Knicks have made a sign and trade deal involving Jared Jeffries and Non-Guaranteed Contract (otherwise known as “Dan Gadzuric”) for Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas. In the deal, Felton received a three-year deal for roughly $9-10 million total. Jeffries gets a year guaranteed from Portland plus two unguaranteed years. Portland gets the Knicks’ 2016 second round pick and the Knicks get the rights to some European players the Blazers stashed awhile back.
Therefore, with Felton in the fold, some sources are indicating that the Knicks will not match the offer sheet and Lee will become a Houston Rocket.
Shocking, right? I know! Who knew that the Knicks still had a second round pick that they hadn’t traded yet? Seriously, though, this is a major shocker. Things are undecided and a few New York beat writers still believe that the Knicks will still end up matching Lin and just playing a two point-guard backcourt (which the Mavericks did in the 2011 playoffs with Kidd, who is on the Knicks and the Nuggets did in 2011 playoffs with Felton, who is also on the Knicks).
We shall see. The deadline to match is Tuesday.