Thursday, May 10, 2012
Landry 'would love to' stay with Knicks
By Ian Begley
Free-agent-to-be Landry Fields made it clear late Wednesday night that he'd 'love to' stay with the Knicks.
"I think this organization is on the way up and I would love to be a part of it," he said after the Knicks' Game 5 loss.
The question is: do the Knicks feel the same way?
Fields will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Knicks hold his Early Bird rights, so they will be able to match any offer another team makes to the second-year shooting guard.
But, after Fields' up-and-down season, it's unclear how far the Knicks will go to retain him.
The 23-year-old has been largely inconsistent since Carmelo Anthony came to town. His scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage were down this season. He hit 39 percent of his three-point attempts last year, compared to just 25 percent this year, though his attempts were cut in half.
The Knicks face an interesting situation at shooting guard this summer. J.R. Smith likely won't be back and they'll probably be without Iman Shumpert for at least the first month of the season as he tries to rehab his torn left ACL.
So they'll need someone to fill the void.
Fields hopes the Knicks stick with him.
"I don’t know what the organization thinks about everybody, I guess that will be all figured out this offseason," said Fields, who added that he 'hopes' to stay. "I'l leave it in God's hands."