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New York Knicks to Cut Chris Smith and Sign Jeremy Tyler

December 30th, 2013 at 9:18 PM
By Daniel Stack

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In perhaps one of the smartest moves the New York Knicks have made yet, the team announced it is cutting Chris Smith and will subsequently sign big man Jeremy Tyler.

From Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com:

Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that the Knicks were in the process of finalizing the move Monday to create a roster spot to sign big man Jeremy Tyler, who has been playing for the Erie Bayhawks, the Knicks' D-League affiliate, since going to training camp with New York.

The Knicks considered releasing center Cole Aldrich to make room for Tyler, sources said, but have decided to let go of Smith. They reached an agreement with Tyler on Monday afternoon, sources said.

This is long overdue since Smith had no business being on the team, as he was only afforded a chance to make the team because of his relationship to big brother J.R. Smith. The younger Smith appeared in two games this year, going scoreless in less than two minutes played.

In what was a blatant case of nepotism, the Knicks finally came to their senses that the younger Smith was of no use to them and now they will use the roster spot on big man Tyler.

In not so surprising news, J.R. Smith was not happy and posted this following image to Instagram.

Boo hoo, J.R.! Anyone with half a brain could see Chris Smith was not an NBA-level player. This is just another case of J.R. having to grow up and be a part of the solution and not the problem.

As for Tyler, his presence will help a battered frontcourt. With Kenyon Martin, Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire all playing through pain, Tyler could help the Knicks in the post while giving those vets some much-needed rest.

Tyler was a standout during the summer league and was doing really well in the D-League, averaging 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds in his last five games with the Bayhawks.

Even if Smith was even somewhat useful, the Knicks already have decent depth at both guard spots with Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Beno Udrih, Tim Hardaway Jr., Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith all logging heavy minutes. That doesn’t even take into consideration the emergence of Toure' Murry as a player the Knicks are trying to get involved.

So, while the season is going horribly wrong, the Knicks finally corrected one wrong by cutting ties with Chris Smith.

Now the Knicks must have to console his big brother J.R.

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Tags: Basketball, Chris Smith, Jeremy Tyler, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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