July 13, 2012 12:00 AM
" There may be no better way to explain how screwed up the NBA's financial system is than making the argument that the Knicks should match Toronto's offer sheet for Landry Fields.
The Raptors offered Fields $20 million over three seasons with a massive salary near $10 million in year three as a way to take the Knicks out of the running for Steve Nash. The idea was that they would be improving their own chances of signing Nash, something that didn't happen, and that the Knicks would be hurt if they matched the offer because of the big cap hit in year three.
Such a cap hit didn't apply to Toronto, because the ever-baffling NBA rules punish teams for re-signing their own guys while rewarding bidders willing to mess up the league's salary scale for whatever vindictive reason. The last laugh could still belong to the Knicks, though.
If they were to match the offer to Fields, the Knicks would be overpaying for a player who regressed in every department last season but they would also be getting a large, expiring contract to use in a trade down the road "
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