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Fields Jump to Raptors May End Knicks’ Chance at Nash, CBS Says

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Landry Fields of the New York Knicks drives to the basket during a game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on March 12, 2012. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- New York Knicks restricted free agent Landry Fields agreed on an offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors, probably reducing the Knicks’ chances to sign two-time league Most Valuable Player Steve Nash, CBS Sports reported today.

The Knicks have three days after he signs to decide whether to match the three-year, $20 million offer, CBS reported citing Fields’ agent, Chris Emens. No contracts or trades can be formally finished until July 11. Calls to Emens’s office weren’t answered.

Nash is a National Basketball Association free agent after playing the last eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns. The Knicks had discussed a double sign-and-trade with Phoenix in which the Suns received Fields, CBS reported. That deal is now dead. If the Knicks don’t match the Raptors’ offer, they lose Fields; if they do match, they can’t trade him under the league’s labor agreement.

The Raptors are also interested in Nash, 38, who grew up in Canada. The team offered him a three-year, $36 million deal, according to CBS.

Fields, 24, has averaged 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his two-year NBA career with the Knicks. Nash is an eight-time All-Star and was the league’s MVP in 2005 and 2006.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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