Knicks mulling alternatives to Landry Fields

Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks

Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks dunks against the Milwaukee Bucks. (March 26, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

LAS VEGAS -- Jeremy Lin hasn't signed his offer sheet with the Houston Rockets yet. When he does -- perhaps Friday -- the Knicks will have three days to match it, and general manager Glen Grunwald reiterated that they "likely" will bring back Lin.

It wasn't as strong as Mike Woodson's "absolutely" one day earlier, but the Knicks aren't going to let Lin walk away.

Landry Fields' situation isn't as clear, and the clock already is ticking. The Knicks have until Saturday to decide whether to match the three-year, $18.7- million offer sheet Toronto gave Fields.

Grunwald said the Knicks haven't decided about him yet. But when Woodson was asked about Fields' return Thursday, he didn't sound as if it is a priority.

"As it stands right now, it's all about the guys that we've already made the commitment to in terms of getting them where they need to be," Woodson said.

From the moment Fields and Toronto agreed to that amount, it seemed unlikely that the Knicks would match it. But if they do, it will be because they were unable to get another swingman.

"We haven't reached any decision at this time," Grunwald said. "We're still looking at that offer sheet and what other alternatives might be available to us."

All the Knicks can offer free agents is minimum contracts. If they can deal Dan Gadzuric's non-guaranteed deal in a sign-and-trade, they can give a player a salary starting at about $2.4 million.

 

Novak to work with staff

Steve Novak, who signed his four-year, $15-million contract, will fly here and work out with the Knicks' coaching staff. Novak had appendicitis, according to agent Mark Bartelstein, and Woodson said he had to take some time off from training. But he has been working out.

 

Woodson a spectator in London

Woodson will travel to London to watch Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and the U.S. Olympic team play, but he also plans to see Argentina and point guard Pablo Prigioni, who has agreed to a one-year deal with the Knicks for the league minimum.

"I thought he had a great workout for us," Woodson said. "The young man can do a lot of things in terms of running the position. That's why he's been good over there for a number of years and probably one of the top point guards over in the European league."

 

Chance to impress

Athletic swingman James White called himself "a great defender" and "a playmaker." Signed to a one-year deal, White, 29, will play three games for the Knicks' summer league team. He has appeared in only 10 NBA games with the Spurs and Rockets but thinks he's going to get an opportunity to play for the Knicks.

"I'm going to make the most of it," White said. "You seen Jeremy Lin just took his opportunity and made the most of it. I'm going to do the same thing. It comes with hard work."

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