Report: Ex-Knick Landry Fields promoted as Hawks GM

Feb 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) with guard Landry Fields (2) and head coach Mike D'Antoni against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Just two years after joining the Atlanta Hawks organization, former New York Knicks wing Landry Fields is getting a promotion.

Fields, 33, is set to become one of the youngest general managers in the NBA. The Hawks are promoting Fields from assistant general manager to the general manager title beginning July 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fields played for five years in the NBA, spending his first two seasons with the Knicks as their 2010 second-round pick.

Selected as 39th overall, Fields had a solid first season making it to the All-Rookie First Team. In his sophomore season, Fields formed a special bond with Knicks breakout star Jeremy Lin after letting Lin sleep on his couch before Linsanity became a phenomenon.

Fields and Lin were selected together to play for Team Shaq in the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge. Fields also was a member of the New York team that won the Shooting Stars competition. Both left the Knicks in the 2012 offseason after the organization did not match offers from Toronto (Fields) and Houston (Lin).

Injuries cut short Fields’ NBA career, and he retired from playing after the 2015 season. But he never left the game for good as he transitioned to college scouting for the San Antonio Spurs in 2016. Three seasons later, he was promoted to become San Antonio’s G League affiliate, Austin Spurs.

In 2020, he joined the Hawks as an assistant general manager working under general manager and team president Travis Schlenk. In his new role, he will continue to operate under Schlenk in reshaping a Hawks roster around Trae Young.

The Knicks and Hawks have started a rivalry in the 2021 playoffs. But both teams failed to make a fitting follow-up to their rousing 2021-22 season campaigns.

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