The New York Knicks decided to release center/forward Jeremy Tyler in favor of guard Chris Smith last week and now word comes from the New York Post that the team is in negotiations with the Golden State Warriors to gain his D-League rights.
Tyler is currently recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot and he can't continue his rehab program with the Knicks because he last played in the D-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors and they own his rights. Once Golden State trades his rights to the Knicks' D-League team in Erie, PA he can get back to work with the Knicks training staff.
Tyler can sign with any team, however he won't get a deal until his foot has completely healed. There is a chance the Knicks will waive Smith or Cole Aldrich to make room for Tyler if they decide to bring him back.
Smith has $100,000 worth of salary protections which counts towards the salary cap and luxury tax.
"New York certainly needs help on the front line, especially given the tenuous health of Amar'e Stoudemire's knees and Kenyon Martin's ankle. So you have to wonder why they didn't keep an extra big man. Toure' Murry had to be kept. And it makes sense that they held on to seven-footer Cole Aldrich. But I probably would have kept Ike Diogu or Jeremy Tyler over Chris Smith because the Knicks need size. But, as Mike Woodson noted, the fact that Chris is J.R. Smith's younger brother certainly played a role in the Knicks' decision. It also didn't hurt that he is represented by CAA, which works for a multitude of other Knick employees."