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NBA Toronto Raptors

Landry Fields Has Been Useless for Toronto Raptors

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors have to be kicking themselves for offering forward Landry Fields a three-year, $18.7 million contract last summer that the New York Knicks wisely declined to match.

Fields himself had to be ecstatic, because no other team was likely going to overpay for the third-year forward. Fields made a name for himself by starting 81 games with the Knicks his rookie year and averaging a surprising 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds as a second round pick out of Stanford. No one expected Fields to have such an impact, and no one certainly expected Fields to shoot .393 from three-point range.

Fields started 62 of 66 games the next season, although not with the same impact as his rookie campaign. Apparently the Raptors thought highly enough of Fields to offer him a contract as a restricted free agent. What have the Raptors gotten for their investment? 4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and a handful of “Did Not Play” statuses on the box score.

The Raptors even had to trade for Rudy Gay — another small forward — to take over as their starter and provide some offense. The Raptors now have a log jam at the wing position with Gay, Fields, rookie Terrence Ross and Linas Kleiza all on the roster.

The worst part of Fields’ deal with the Raptors is that it’s fully guaranteed with no team option, so the Raptors are stuck paying him for the next two seasons after this one, and with $12 million left in those two years dealing Fields before the 2014-2015 season is near impossible. Landry Fields lucked up with the contract, but unfortunately for the Raptors they overpaid for a marginal NBA rotation player.