Is Landry Fields on the clock?
Lets turn back the clocks to the week of Valentine’s Day of 2011. The “Melo Drama” is in full effect, every player on the Knicks roster outside of Amare Stoudemire is being thrown into a trade package scenario. At that time, the one player most Knicks fans and management did not want to include was Landry Fields. Landry was playing the best basketball of any Knicks rookie since Patrick Ewing, and if not for John Wall playing at a All-Star level, Landry would have been the mid-season Rookie of the Year. Donnie Walsh went as far as to anoint him the new John Havlicek.
Fast forward to April of 2011, the Knicks are finally back in the playoffs, and Carmelo Anthony puts up a classic performance in Game 2. The underline story of that playoff series is the “Missing in Action” job that Landry is conducting. Havlicek, excuse me, Landry’s floor time is being gobbled up by Toney Douglas and Bill Walker. Landry went from an intracule part of the Knicks early success, to the “Underachiever”, to the guy who cant play with ‘Melo.
Present day: The Knicks are overloaded at the guard position, Billups, Shumpert, Walker, Douglas, and a list of possible Guard free-agents that want to join the squad. Chris Paul has dominated the talk of the 2011-2012 season, and the trade scenario to retain his services is a tough task. The Knicks may have to add Fields to make the deal work. This is an “What have you done for me lately?” era of sports, and Landry hasn’t done much lately. I am not in support of including him in a trade, but if it makes or breaks the deal, then I would understand the move. Hopefully this is not that case and Landry makes a early case for himself to stay with the STAT & Melo Knicks.