Odds & Ends: Fields, Scola, Blazers, Gordon

The Knicks’ deadline to match Landry Fields’ 3-year, $18.7MM offer sheet from the Raptors is tonight at 11pm CDT.  If they match Lin and Fields, the Knicks will have roughly $86MM committed to those two plus Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler for the 2014-15 season, tweets Al Iannazzone of Newsday.  Include Jason Kidd and Steve Novak and it’s more than $92MM committed to seven players.  The luxury tax penalties really start to get stiff in 2013/14 and that could make the Knicks' decision on Fields a difficult one.  Here's more from around the Association..

  • The Bobcats, Hornets, and Kings all have levels of interest in Luis Scola and are weighing whether to lodge bids for him, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (via Twitter).
  • Stein (via Twitter) believes that the Heat and Spurs will both be interested in Scola.  The Mavericks are said to be in on Scola and this morning Stein reported that the Cavs are eyeing him as well.
  • The Blazers have asked, and been granted permission, to interview Pacers assistant Brian Shaw for their head coach position, tweets Jason Quick of The Oregonian.  Yesterday, GM Neil Olshey said that he will be interviewing between seven and ten candidates.
  • One coach who isn't in the mix for the Blazers job is Heat assistant David Fizdale, who told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel that he hasn't been contacted by Olshey & Co.
  • No surprise here, the Hornets are still planning to match Eric Gordon's offer sheet today, sources tell John Reid of The Times Picayune.  The guard publicly asked that the club not match his four-year, $58MM offer from the Suns but New Orleans will retain him anyway.
  • Celtics GM Danny Ainge was hopeful that Ray Allen would stay in Boston but wasn't surprised by the veteran's decision to sign with the Heat, writes Mark Daniels of the Boston Herald.


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