Patience is an admirable human attribute, most of the time. So is wisdom mixed with humility, which is what’s needed from Bryan Colangelo at this early stage of the season. While I understand why he tendered an offer sheet to Landry Fields, in the hope of boxing out the Knicks’ attempt to sign Steve Nash, we’ve ended up in the anti-Panglossian worst possible world. We don’t have Nash, & we do have Fields, who looks less like a consolation, & more like a booby, prize every day.
One of many lessons an NBA GM must learn is the fact that not every move you try works. I don’t want to sully my keyboard, or curdle your coffee cream, by listing the stats of Landry’s disastrous season to date. It’s time to recognize his lousy second year in New York was a true glimpse of his (lack of) capabilities, so let’s move on without him. OK, good, we accept we have a problem, & we know we need to do something – but what? No other GM would touch The Six Million Dollar Man with a barge pole, so a trade looks unlikely. Drop him to the minors? This idea has merit, if you believe there’s a chance he will regain his stroke, & his confidence, against lesser competition. The remaining option is benching Fields, in favour of a reconfigured lineup with Terrence Ross starting at Shooting Guard, & DeMar moving up to Small Forward. While the youthful Terrence may not be ready for his close-up, we won’t know until we throw him out under the lights. In short, this is my preferred option. I would demote Fields to the D-League, in the hope that he can pile up some gaudy numbers. Upon his return to the big club, he can work his way back into the lineup as another swingman, in competition for minutes with Alan Anderson, Dom McGuire & Linas Kleiza (does anyone know where he’s gone?). If all of this works, hopefully we can find a trade partner at the February deadline, & send Landry elsewhere.
The clear-cut flaw in this scheme is the performance of Ross as a starter, which is unknowable. But the damage that’s being done to the Raps’ offense by employing a useless player at the starting 3 spot is knowable, & pernicious. Best to make the change now, & give it 15 games to “take”.
I’ve got a new poll up dealing with this early-season headache, & I hope you will weigh in. BTW: Our last poll indicated you share in my optimism for the Raps’ season, as the plurality of votes went to the ” >40 <45 wins” option.
Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.