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Sep 30, 2013; Tarrytown, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Cole Aldrich (45) and power forward Jeremy Tyler (4) answer questions during media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks to cut Chris Smith, sign Jeremy Tyler

Looking for ome help in the front court, the New York Knicks will waive Chris Smith, the brother of Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith, in order to clear space to sign big man Jeremy Tyler, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York.

The Knicks’ decision to keep Smith on the regular-season roster stirred emotion among the team’s fan base because of his ties to brother and teammate J.R. Smith. Both the Knicks and Chris Smith have acknowledged that Smith’s relationship with his older brother was a factor in the team’s decision to keep him.

Smith began the season with the BayHawks, and was called up to the team on Dec. 17 after point guards Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton were lost to injury.

The Knicks thought about releasing center Cole Aldrich, but instead decided to hang on to him because of his size.

Smith appeared in only two games and played just two minutes for the Knicks this season.

Tyler played in 20 games for the Golden State Warriors last season, averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds in 3.2 minutes per game.

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