Just a month after big man Jeremy Tyler signed a non-guaranteed contract with the New York Knicks, he was going under the knife to repair a metatarsal injury in his right foot.
The Knicks announced the surgery on Thursday, and provided an 8-to-10 week timetable for the return of their 22-year-old big man. According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, it isn’t quite clear just how much of Tyler’s contract is guaranteed, but is widely known that it isn’t fully guaranteed, and thus, the Knicks could opt to release Tyler if they need a roster spot.
With the stated timetable, it is possible that Tyler wouldn’t be available to return before the start of the regular season. Tyler was picked up after a solid Summer League where he averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds, but he is best known for being the first American high schooler to forego his senior year of high school to turn professional. He has appeared in 63 games (including 23 starts) over two seasons with the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks.
Fortunately for Tyler, the Knicks only have 14 players under contract. That should help him to solidify a roster spot going forward, but it still isn’t out of the question that he could be released and, potentially, brought back at a later date.