The New York Knicks decision to keep Chris Smith over young big man Jeremy Tyler is still a head scratcher, but over the weekend Tyler found his way back into the Knicks organization as the Knicks acquired his D-League rights from the Golden State Warriors.
But given the state of the Knicks after their dismal 1-3 start to the season, you have to wonder if we will be seeing Tyler on the main roster sooner rather than later.
The need is there.
Given the uncertainty of Tyson Chandler’s status after injuring his right leg in Tuesday’s contest against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Knicks currently only have Cole Aldrich (who was scratched as Smith dressed on Tuesday) as the only real center on the roster.
According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, Knicks coach Mike Woodson confirmed the injured Tyler “could be a wearing a Knick uniform’’ after he gets his feet wet in the D-League with the team’s Erie affiliate — and that was before Chandler’s knee injury.
“I think we got to keep an eye on him,’’ Woodson said. “He was a good prospect for us in the summer league. That’s why we were high on him getting to vet camp. Then unfortunately he had the foot problem. I think that we rehab him and keep close tabs on him, just to see how he develops. If he comes along nicely, who knows, he could be wearing a Knick uniform. We just got to wait the course.’’
However the problem with that thinking is that Tyler is still likely about a month away from even being able to play in a D-League game, which puts the Knicks in a real bind.
All offseason the Knicks needed to target big bodies but they didn’t. Now you have Chandler hurt, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin rotating games and not playing major minutes and Andrea Bargnani playing out of position.
Add all of that up and the Knicks offseason approach looks very stupid at the moment.
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