The New York Knicks are expected to bring Jeremy Tyler aboard some time in the near future. However, their roster is at the 15-man maximum, so they needed to clear room to sign Tyler. As expected, it’s been announced that they’ve waived Chris Smith to make room.
It’s about time, really. Chris, of course, being the younger brother of J.R. Smith, earned his spot almost solely through his name and blood. Chris can go on to play in the D-League still, likely with the Erie BayHawks, but he’s just not an NBA player. He struggled in Summer League, and even given the amount of blowout losses the Knicks have suffered, he still has hardly seen the floor. Though the Knicks could use more back-court help, Smith isn’t the answer
Tyler, meanwhile, has a chance at actually making the rotation. He looked solid in Summer League and has averaged a double-double in the D-League, sporting an 18 & 10 line per night. Though the Knicks have largely restored their frontcourt depth, since Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Kenyon Martin are all about healthy, another body couldn’t hurt.
Tyler is another offensive-minded type player, but he’s more of a traditional big man than Stoudemire or Bargnani, and given how little Cole Aldrich has contributed, Tyler could be of help. Hopefully this move is another in a series to get the Knicks back on track.
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