The New York Knicks were extremely high on youngster Jeremy Tyler, evident by the fact that he was signed by the Knicks to a partially-guaranteed deal at the beginning of August.
While it was unknown at the time exactly what role Tyler would have in Mike Woodson’s rotation, as he would have to show that he could make the team first, any impact that Tyler may have had was dealt a blow this week when it was announced that would be sidelined 8-10 weeks following foot surgery, which may have been the reason behind the training camp invite that point guard Toure Murry accepted the very same day.
With Tyler out of the Knicks plans for the immediate future, you now have to ask yourself how his injury impacts the Knicks going forward.
The 8-10 week timetable will force him to miss all of training camp and the preseason, which is obviously unfortunate for a developing player looking to make an impact on his new team’s roster.
However I don’t expect the Knicks to just release him right now.
The Knicks should wait to see how he heals rather than cutting him anytime soon. New York has made a “financial commitment” to Tyler already, though only $100K of the big man’s $884K salary is guaranteed. And there is the fact that he showed off his talents during the Las Vegas Summer League and showed off enough of his skill set that got you excited about watching him develop in the future.
Although the injury means that future may not be with the Knicks.
It’s been no secret that the Knicks have been targeting another big man in free agency and Tyler’s injury means they should revamp their pursuit to add frontcourt depth.
Whether or not the Knicks decide to hang onto Tyler, you can all but guarantee that the Knicks will revisit names they have been linked to in the past, including the likes of: Hamed Haddadi, Cole Aldrich, Hassan Whiteside, Earl Barron and plenty of others.
One option for Tyler could be to try and sneak him through to their D-League team, but if he is cut from their main roster, you can bet that some team will take a flier on him before the Knicks get the opportunity to do so.
Tyler’s injury means the Knicks aren’t done yet tinkering with their 2013-14 roster.
Let the rumor mill start heating up again.
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