A reporter just presensts the information. An editorialist presents the same information while including their opinion.
So if the column reads:
a) The Toronto Raptors have traded a protected future first round pick to the Houston Rockets for Kyle Lowry - thats a report.
b) The Toronto Raptors have improved their team by trading a protected future first round pick to the Houston Rockets for Kyle Lowry - thats an editorial
There are very few columns that are presented here (or in general) that aren't editorials.
Toronto could have signed Fields to any offer sheet he'd be willing to sign. So the contract needed to be large enough for him to sign it AND sign it in short order so there was no way he'd be involved in the sign-and-trade. The poison pill was added to make it more difficult for NY to just sign him and keep him anyways (and then potentially use a different player in the deal)
So the idea/opinion that Fields contract was based on effecting NYs ability to get Nash is not necessarily false.