UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
More Sports

Raptors agree to offer sheet with Fields, increase pursuit of Nash

The Raptors took their already-aggressive push to land free-agent point guard Steve Nash to the next level Tuesday, agreeing to an offer sheet with Knicks restricted free agent shooting guard Landry Fields. The offer is for about $20 million over three years.

Beyond Toronto's desire to add the 24-year-old Fields to its backcourt, sources say the move was intended to keep New York from nabbing Nash. The Knicks were known to be considering sign-and-trade options involving Fields and Nash's former team, the Suns, as a way to pay Nash more than the $3 million mid-level exception. But because of the Raptors' offer sheet, the Knicks can no longer use Fields in such a scenario. New York will now have three days to match the offer after Fields signs it on July 11. If the Knicks match, they lose the option to trade Fields.

The Raptors, which made their multilayered pitch to Nash in a meeting Sunday, were already known to have offered him a three-year, $36 million deal. The contract is believed to be significantly more than any other team -- including the Mavericks, Suns and Nets -- would be willing to offer.

Though the Knicks' chances of landing Nash seem slim, sources say they may still be able to complete a deal if they're willing to include 22-year-old guard and defensive specialist Iman Shumpert, the No. 17 pick in the 2011 draft. The Suns, which passed up a chance to draft Shumpert by taking Markieff Morris at No. 13 last year, are known to think very highly of him. But such a move appears unlikely for a team that has built a defensive mentality under coach Mike Woodson. The Knicks seem to view Shumpert as a major part of their core rotation after he returns from the ACL tear he sustained in the playoffs.

Shumpert is owed $1.6 million for next season, meaning he would have to be traded to Phoenix with numerous other players in order for the Knicks' offer to be competitive with Toronto's. Among the possibilities are Toney Douglas ($2 million for next season), Dan Gadzuric ($1.3 million), Josh Harrellson ($762,000) and Jerome Jordan ($762,000). Beyond Nash, the Knicks still hope to re-sign restricted free agent point guard Jeremy Lin.

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again