12:oopm: Wojnarowski’s full story says Landry “will miss five months of the season.” That would suggest that he’ll be out longer than simply five months from now. If the timetable is five months from the start of the regular season, he’d be on track to return in late March.
11:45am: Landry Fields will miss five months after having labrum surgery on his hip, a source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). It’s unclear which hip is the trouble spot. The injury might explain why the swingman has remained in free agency seemingly with few nibbles from NBA teams. The Knicks, who were the original team for the 27-year-old out of Stanford, reportedly reached out to him on the first day of free agency, but rumors about him have since been lacking.
Fields is coming off a season of career lows with the Raptors, with whom he never carved out the consistent sort of role he enjoyed in New York, where he was a starter for all but five games during his two seasons there. The former 39th overall pick signed with Toronto in 2012 on a three-year, $18.75MM offer sheet that the Knicks declined to match. The Raptors renounced their rights to Fields in July, so they couldn’t re-sign him for more than the minimum if they want him back.
A five-month timetable would have the Chris Emens client on track to return in February, shortly before the All-Star break and the trade deadline. Teams often shy away from making free agent additions as those events draw near, but the market grows fertile again toward the end of February once the deadline, set for February 18th this year, has passed.
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