The New York Knicks have added another body to their roster for the 2013-14 season, although this move should come as no surprised.
A couple of weeks ago I had reported that the Knicks would be inviting big man Jeremy Tyler to training camp and on Tuesday they made that official by signing him to a two-year deal.
Shams Charania of RealGM hears that it will be a partially-guaranteed deal “signifying the organization’s commitment for him to be part of the short- and long-term future.”
Tyler earned a training camp invite from the Knicks back in mid-July and it appeared at the time that the big man would be receiving a minimum salary, non-guaranteed one-year pact. But the Knicks changed their mind and decide to invest in Tyler for at least a couple of seasons.
It makes sense for two reasons.
The first is the fact that the Knicks need big bodies at the moment and secondly Tyler earned it with his play in the Vegas Summer League.
Tyler averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Knicks in summer league, showing firm post moves against decent competition.
He was once believed to be one of the more promising big men in his age group coming out of high school, but Tyler elected to forgo his final year at San Diego High School and a commitment to Louisville to instead play professionally in Israel until he was eligible for the NBA Draft.
The move didn’t pay off as Tyler slipped to the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft, being selected by the Golden State Warriors. However Tyler’s career has been spent mostly in the D-League than the NBA.
But he is a young big body that has talent on both ends of the floor and give his skill set, he could potentially find a home on the Knicks roster for the next couple of seasons.
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