It is been an incredibly busy off-season for the New York Knicks, and they are showing no signs of slowing down.
In the midst of their reported interest in point guard Beno Udrih, the Knicks announced on Tuesday that they have secured the services of big man Jeremy Tyler. Contract details have not been disclosed as of Tuesday night, but Tyler produced good numbers for the New York summer league team (12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds per game), and that showing has apparently earned him a spot in the Knicks’ camp.
According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the deal is “believed to be” non-guaranteed. That, in short, would allow the team the flexibility to discard Tyler if he doesn’t perform in training camp, but with only 13 players on the roster and a need for front-court insurance, he is a fairly likely candidate to make the team.
Tyler is best known as the first player to forego his senior year in high school in favor of a professional career overseas, but he has flamed out for the most part in the NBA. Through just 63 games over 2 seasons, the 6-foot-10 forward/center has averaged only 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with a lukewarm PER (player efficiency rating) of 10.0.
However, the 22-year-old Tyler presents an athletic, rim-protecting flier for the Knicks, and it is an incredibly low-risk deal (with considerable upside) for the cap-strapped team.