The New York Knicks D-League affiliate, Erie BayHawks, have worked out a trade to obtain the rights to Knicks summer league standout Jeremy Tyler.
The 6 foot 10 Tyler looked like a lock to make the Knicks opening day roster until an untimely injury sidelined the big man with a stress fracture in his left foot.
With Tyler under the team’s control, the Knicks can now monitor the big mans progress as he continues his rehab. Under league rules Tyler can rehabilitate at the Knicks practice facility, just not while the team is holding practice sessions.
Tyler is expected to be ready to go sometime in early December, and will likely play a few games for the Erie BayHawks before potentially joining the Knicks as a backup center.
The Knicks cut Tyler in late October, in order to keep Chris Smith, in a move that is still very controversial for Knicks fans.
If everything goes well with Tyler’s rehab and he is able to join the team this December the Knicks would be forced to cut either Chris Smith, or current back up big man Cole Aldrich. Chris Smith has already earned his full salary of $492,000 for making the opening day roster, making Aldrich the more likely candidate to be released in order to make room for Tyler.