New York Knicks: Jeremy Tyler

The new D-League affiliate name is ...

May, 16, 2014
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They either lack creativity or love continuity.

A group of Knicks fans has voted to name the team’s new D-League affiliate ... the Westchester Knicks. Seriously.

The Knicks invited fans to help choose the name for the new D-League team by submitting suggestions online. “Knicks” was the overwhelming winner.

The Westchester Knicks will begin play in 2014-15, playing home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

“It’s an outreach to the community and hits a different demographic. It’s a very accessible, very affordable family friendly grassroots basketball outreach that’s very compelling because the quality of play,” Dave Howard, president of MSG Sports, said. “We think it’s a tremendous way to develop new fans, more fans, and to get a deeper outreach into the Westchester community and the surrounding areas.”

Ticket packages start as low as $250 for the entire 25 home game season. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit www.WestchesterKnicks.com.

Jeremy Tyler started the season last year at the Knicks’ D League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. He was later added to the Knicks’ roster and established himself as a rotation player for a significant portion of the season. Tyler said that his experience in the D-League helped prepare him for the NBA.

“The talent is not as good but those guys are playing hard, playing for something to prove,” Tyler said. “It shows you can’t take anything for granted because there’s guys that are after your spot. There’s guys that are wanting to prove themselves just like you are.”

Tyler believes that having the Knicks’ new D-League team just minutes away from the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh would help the Westchester Knicks.

“It’s a great advantage because they can come and watch Melo shootaround or just come and watch practice,” Tyler said.

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Three Knicks earning their paychecks

February, 16, 2014
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The Knicks have the second-highest payroll in the NBA. They also have the ninth worst record in the NBA. So it would be fair to assume that none of their players are earning their paycheck this season. But that’s not necessarily true.

In an effort to take a break from the misery that’s been this Knicks season, we’d like to take a look at three guys who we think have earned their money thus far this year.

1. Tim Hardaway Jr.: Hardaway Jr.’s on his rookie contract, which makes him the 10th highest paid player on the team. But you can make an argument that he’s been the most valuable Knick behind Carmelo Anthony.

Hardaway Jr.’s per-game numbers don’t wow you: 9.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists.

But if you look at his shooting percentages and extrapolate his numbers on a per 36 minute basis, Hardaway Jr. looks like a rising star.

He’s averaging 15.7 points per 36 minutes on 45 percent shooting. He’s also hitting 38.5 percent of his three-point attempts. Not bad for a guy who was taken 24th in the first round of the draft.

Who knows where this team would be without Hardaway Jr.? The Knicks’ other shooting guards have been inconsistent. Iman Shumpert hasn’t taken the leap on offense that many predicted. J.R. Smith started off slowly following offseason knee surgery but has played well of late. Hardaway Jr.'s been a consistent source of offense for most of the season.

2. Jeremy Tyler: The sample size is relatively small, just 174 minutes. But Tyler's shown plenty of promise during his brief Knicks tenure. Just take a look at his statistical impact on the court. New York's rebounding rate -- a measure of available rebounds corralled -- improved by 14 percent when Tyler was on the floor. The Knicks are also scoring 13 more points per 100 possessions when Tyler's on the court.

Not bad.

His per-36 numbers are pretty impressive. Tyler's averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per 36 minutes. He's hitting 55.6 percent of his field goals. Not bad for a guy making $560,000.

The guess here is that young guard Toure Murry could be making a similar impact if he was given regular minutes. It would also help if Mike Woodson didn't pull him every time he made a mistake.

3. Carmelo Anthony: On one hand, it's hard to put Anthony on this list because he's making $21.4 million this season and his team is 12 games under .500. On the other hand, it's almost impossible to leave him off of it given the season he's having. It seems as if Anthony's given the Knicks his all night in and night out this year.

Carmelo's averaging 27.3 points per game, which is the second-highest total in the league. He's also pulling down a career-high 8.6 rebounds per night. Want more? He's shooting a carer high 84.7 percent from the free-throw line and his turnover rate -- a measure of possessions that end in a turnover -- is a career-low. Simply put, he's been extremely valuable for the Knicks. If you're looking to point the finger somewhere for New York's struggles, take a look at Anthony's supporting cast, not the man himself.

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Opening tip: Will Woody play Tyler more?

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The game was long over as the Knicks had already built a 35-point lead on the Boston Celtics in the third quarter.

But the blowout created some valuable playing time for Jeremy Tyler and he took full advantage. The young big man took a pass from Cole Aldrich and threw down a nasty dunk with 1:39 remaining in the third against the Celtics. That punctuated a 17-point, 5-rebound and 2-block performance in 23 minutes during a 114-88 win over Boston on Tuesday night.

Tyler shot 7-for-9 from the field. While the Celtics put up little fight, Tyler certainly made a case for some minutes moving forward.

"Obviously, he played well and he should have a lot of confidence going forward," Mike Woodson said on The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show. "From a coach's standpoint, you really don't know what you are going to get from these young guys because their time really comes in practice.

"Now he is playing in a major game and contributing and doing a bunch of positive things on the floor to help you win," Woodson continued. "You hope that continues. It was nice to see."

Woodson said he loves seeing young guys transfer hard work on the practice floor to games. But the old school coach also leans pretty hard on his veterans and defensive-minded guys for the most part.

But with Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely, Tyler does have an opportunity to see some minutes. Kenyon Martin says he is playing on Thursday against Cleveland despite rolling his troublesome left ankle. Martin acknowledges that he may miss more time later this season if the ankle pain persists. Also, Amar'e Stoudemire is still rehabbing his ankle injury.

There could be some minutes for Tyler to spell Tyson Chandler or even play beside Chandler if Woodson wants to go big. Playing Tyler a few minutes also takes some wear and tear off Martin's ankle.

Woodson said he has noticed how his younger players have stepped up. He mentioned Tim Hardaway Jr. and Cole Aldrich as two young players he has been impressed with. Hardaway Jr. is averaging 8.6 points and is shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from behind the arc.

The rookie shooter, who has scored in double figures in each of his last three games, could see more minutes if Iman Shumpert's shoulder keeps him out on Thursday. Shumpert is listed as day to day.

While Hardaway Jr. is making a case for a role in the rotation, Tyler and Aldrich have shown Woodson what they can do when pressed into action as well.

"You never know what you are going to get from young players from day to day," Woodson said. "Most young players when they come into our league they are on a roller coaster ride and they are trying to figure it out. It is not their fault. Just the makeup of our league.

"Tim Hardaway has played some games this season down the stretch," Woodson later added. "That's how much confidence I have with him ... I feel really good about Timmy. Jeremy and Cole are just starting to get their feet wet. If they continue at the pace they are playing, I wouldn't have any problem throwing them in there down the stretch."

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The Knicks sent three down to the NBDL for some practice time.

What's next: The Knicks go for four in a row against the Cavs at MSG.

Question of the day: Do you think Woody should play Hardaway Jr. and Tyler more moving forward?

Knicks assign three to D-League

January, 29, 2014
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The Knicks announced that Cole Aldrich, Toure' Murry and Jeremy Tyler were assigned to the Erie BayHawks.

The Knicks want their three younger players to get some practice time in. They are expected to be recalled for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers.

Tyler had 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes during a blowout win over the Celtics on Tuesday. Aldrich and Murry scored two points each in the win.

Notebook: K-Mart OK after ankle scare

January, 29, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Kenyon Martin returned from a five-game absence to rest his troublesome left ankle only to roll it on Tuesday night in his return against the Celtics.

Martin played nine minutes and looked like he was feeling good with six points, one rebound, one block and one rim-shaking dunk before rolling his left ankle. He did not play after the injury but said he sat out for precautionary reasons and will be play Thursday against the Cavaliers.

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Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesKenyon Martin had a strong showing before exiting with an ankle injury.
The Knicks still pounded the Celtics 114-88 despite being short-handed. Iman Shumpert injured his shoulder in the first quarter, and Beno Udrih was not available in the second half due to illness.

“I probably could have finished the game if we weren’t up so big,” Martin said. “So that’s a good sign.”

Martin said he sat out the previous five games to rest his left ankle and that he did not suffer any new injury to it the previous time he played, against Indiana on Jan. 16.

“[Just needed to] give it time to get the soreness out of there,” Martin said before the game. “And I took the time off that I need.”

“Just overuse,” he added about his ankle. “Been going every day and playing a lot of minutes. Just needed a break. Not one thing happened. Just been fighting through it, fighting through it, fighting through it, and the body lets you know. So at my age, you got to listen.”

Martin said that if his ankle feels like that later again this season, he will take some more days off to rest it.

But he said he is good to go for Thursday night.

TYSON’S BACK: Tyson Chandler recorded his second double-double in a row for the first time this season and is starting to finally feel like himself again.

Chandler had 12 points and 13 rebounds against the Celtics after posting 13 points and 14 rebounds against the Lakers on Sunday.

“I’m really starting to feel better,” said Chandler, who has played a total of just 21 games this season after missing time due to illness and a fractured leg. “I’m starting to feel like myself again, I’m starting to get my legs back.

“I knew when I came back from that injury that it would take a while to get going, but I’m starting to feel good.”

Chandler did roll his ankle against the Celtics but said he is feeling fine.

TYLER’S BIG DUNK: Jeremy Tyler took full advantage of the Knicks’ blowout win. He played 23 minutes, hit 7 of 9 shots and had 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks.

He also threw down one monster dunk as he took a pass and went from the left side of the basket before coming up on the right side and throwing down a vicious slam.

“He played well,” Mike Woodson said. “You go back to the Charlotte and Laker games, he has given us some positive energy offensively. Obviously, some of the hard work that he has put in is starting to pay off.”

Tyler excited to be back

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As he worked his way back from right foot surgery, Jeremy Tyler had the bright lights of New York City on his mind. The broken foot during training camp stalled his chance to make the Knicks roster, and Tyler worked hard to ensure that he'd eventually be able to crack the squad.

"It was unfortunate that I broke my foot but I kept pushing forward and my ultimate goal was to be playing at the highest level," Tyler said after practice Tuesday. "Now that I'm working and I'm here, got to continue to push forward."

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The Knicks signed Tyler on Tuesday, promoting him from their D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks. Tyler replaces guard Chris Smith, the little brother of guard J.R. Smith. Tyler, 6-10, gives the Knicks an extra big that could potentially help spell Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin.

"It feels good to be back. I was down in Erie, trying to work on my game, get back in shape, get my rhythm right after the injury," Tyler said. "I feel good being here. Very cool to everybody on the team. I'm just ready to come and help contribute and play my hardest and help us win."

Tyler seemed in good position to make the Knicks' roster after a strong showing during the summer, but he suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and underwent surgery in September. Although the Knicks liked his potential, they had to cut him due to roster space, but they eventually got him back in the system when Erie traded for him in early November.

In his last five games with Erie, Tyler has averaged 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds. He said his foot feels fine and he does not believe he's lost a step since the surgery. He's glad the Knicks brought him back.

"It makes me feel good," Tyler said. "It feels like I’ve been working really hard and they showed a lot of interest and I’m just happy to be here."

Knicks coach Mike Woodson called Tyler "an active kid," and the Knicks will now work on getting him up to speed with their system. Woodson's not sure if Tyler will be able to play in the team's next game against San Antonio on Jan. 2.

"Just some defense, some rebounding, blocked shots because he's an active big guy," Woodson said of what he's expecting from Tylers. "Those are the things I'm looking for and expect when he plays."

Tyler played with Golden State in 2011-12, and with the Hawks and Warriors last season. The 22-year-old took an interesting path to the NBA as he left high school after his junior year to play in Israel and Japan for two seasons before entering the draft. He valued his time in Israel.

"Israel was a pretty unique experience for me. Going into it I was young and I knew I had to handle adversity and continue to push forward. Get better and it was a challenge but I had to fight through it," Tyler said. "I took valuable life lessons from the experience and it's helping me know in my everyday life. I think it was a good decision."

Knicks cutting Chris Smith?

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As the Knicks inch closer to signing forward/center Jeremy Tyler, they are strongly considering cutting Chris Smith over center Cole Aldrich to open up a roster spot, sources say.

The Knicks' decision to keep Smith on the regular-season roster stirred emotion among the team's fan base because of his ties to J.R. Smith. (He's J.R.'s younger brother.) Both the Knicks and Chris Smith have acknowledged that Smith's surname was a factor in the team's decision to keep him.

Smith began the season with the Knicks' D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, and was called up to the team on Dec. 17 after point guards Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton were lost to injury.

His salary of $490,814 is already guaranteed, according to league sources, so the Knicks would not be saving any money if they cut Smith over Aldrich.

Aldrich hasn't been used much at center, and it would seem that he'd be competing for minutes at the position with the 6-foot-11 Tyler. But the Knicks (9-21) could use depth on the front line.

Smith has appeared in two regular-season games. He played a minute late in each game.

In addition to driving some fans nuts, Chris' inclusion on the roster spurred a negative reaction from at least one NBA player.

Detroit's Brandon Jennings engaged in a Twitter spat last month with J.R. Smith after questioning Chris Smith's NBA credentials. J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 for directing hostile and inappropriate language toward Jennings in a response tweet.

Some rival agents believe Chris Smith's roster spot with the Knicks was locked in as a package deal when J.R. Smith re-signed with the team in July.

So if the team cuts Smith, it could be seen as an admission that he was signed to entice J.R. Smith to re-sign with the Knicks over the summer. That may raise eyebrows in the league office.

As for Tyler, the Knicks signed him to a partially guaranteed contract in training camp. But he suffered a broken foot before camp and was released before the regular season.

The 22-year-old has played well in recent weeks for BayHawks. He's averaged 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds in his last five games.

If it's completed, the signing of Tyler would satisfy owner James Dolan's preseason edict that the Knicks include young players to develop on the roster.

Tyler was not in the starting lineup on Sunday for the BayHawks in their game against Canton on Sunday.
Toure' Murry, a 23-year-old point guard, and 21-year-old shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. also fit the mold of young player pieces the organization can work with.

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Knicks D-League team adds Tyler

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks liked Jeremy Tyler's potential and now they'll be able to keep a close eye on his progress.

The Knicks' D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, acquired Tyler in a trade.

The 6-10 Tyler was with the Knicks during camp but missed it due to surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

The Knicks cut him but wanted to keep an eye on him. With Tyler now with the BayHawks, the big man can rehab with the Knicks' staff while learning the team's offensive and defensive systems. The Knicks would have to cut somebody if they want to add Tyler to the roster.

The BayHawks also drafted Ricky Davis in the recent Developmental League draft.

Twitter Mailbag: D, Tyler and rotation

October, 27, 2013
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Welcome to our weekly Twitter Mailbag. I'd like to take questions from you guys on a regular basis via Twitter and answer them in this space. Below, we discuss the team's defensive struggles in the preseason, Jeremy Tyler, the rotation and more.



Hey Taylor, this is a great question. In general, stuff about the Knicks doesn't really worry me. I get worried when my cable company calls me with a bill that's past due or when my mom asks when I'm going to settle down with a nice girl. But I get your point here.

I think you can't help but be worried with what you've seen from the Knicks defense thus far. Remember, the Knicks defense was sub-par for long stretches last season, particularly on the perimeter. As you know, they had a ton of trouble stopping the opposing point guard, which was the genesis of most of their defensive issues. Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni -- the same guys who had a tough time keeping guards out of the paint last season -- are back. Beno Udrih, whose not known as a strong defender, is in the mix. So it's fair to wonder if they'll have the same issues this season.

Of course, a full year with a healthy Iman Shumpert will help. And maybe they end up playing Toure' Murry at some point. He showed in the preseason that he has the potential to be a capable defender.

But you have to wonder about the front line as well. Kenyon Martin may not play 50 games and Andrea Bargnani's Andrea Bargnani. So that will leave Tyson Chandler with plenty to clean up. Maybe Metta World Peace can help as well. But there's only so much those two can do.



That's the $490,180 question, Danny. I say that because that's the amount of money the Knicks will pay Chris Smith if he is on the roster on opening night. 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.



If I had to bet, I'd probably put money on Tyler signing with the Knicks. New York was high on Tyler after his strong performance in the summer league. But they needed a healthy big man who could play immediately going into the season due to the injuries to Stoudemire and Martin. So New York couldn't afford to roll the dice and wait on Tyler, who is rehabbing from surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. Mike Woodson said on Friday that Tyler is still several weeks away from taking the court. But if and when he gets healthy, I think the Knicks will re-sign him and cut someone currently the roster.



Here are the guys who I think will see regular minutes: Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, Tyson Chandler, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace, Kenyon Martin/Amar'e Stoudemire.

That leaves Beno Udrih, Tim Hardaway Jr., Toure' Murry, Cole Aldrich and Chris Smith on the outside.

I think Hardaway Jr. will see the floor, depending on the situation and how similar this year's Knick offense is to last season's. If the Knicks bombard opponents with 3-point attempts, as they did last season, Woodson may be forced to find minutes for Hardaway Jr. The rookie showed during the preseason that he can knock down open -- and contested -- looks on the perimeter.

It will be interesting to see how things play out with Udrih as well. He signed with the Knicks on a below-market deal thinking that he'd be part of a three-point guard rotation. But he may end up splitting minutes with Prigioni as Raymond Felton's backup. But if Woodson elects to play with the two-point guard look that he relied on late last season, Udrih could serve as the backup and play more minutes.



Hey Verts, I think he's committed to starting a traditional lineup on opening night. And I think he wants badly to start J.R. Smith over Iman Shumpert once Smith is healthy. I also think he won't shy away from inserting World Peace into the starting lineup and moving Bargnani to the second unit if the Bargnani-Anthony-Chandler front line doesn't work out.

The wild card is how Woodson will use the two-point guard lineup that worked so well last season. It's a bit puzzling to me that he'd shy away from using this lineup and playing Anthony at power forward. Both configurations worked extremely well last year. My guess is Woody will play the two-point guard lineup more than he's letting on at this point. I also think Anthony will end up spending a significant amount of time at power forward.

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Knicks centers breakdown

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Hibbert/ChandlerRon Hoskins/Getty ImagesTyson Chandler's health and production are crucial to the Knicks' success this season.
NEW YORK -- Training camp kicks off Tuesday. To get ready, we are taking a position-by-position look at the New York Knicks' roster. We'll have a new position breakdown on the blog each day for the rest of the week. Here's our analysis of the team's point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards. Today, we examine the centers.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the Knicks' centers in the comments section below.

What's new? Not much. One of the missing pieces to this Knicks' roster heading into the offseason was a young big man who could score, rebound and defend. New York didn't add a proven player to address that issue over the summer.

The Knicks may have found a bargain in young big men Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich. But neither has proven he can be consistently effective in the NBA.

Tyler had a strong showing in Summer League. But the 6-foot-10, 22-year-old cracked a bone in his right foot that needed to be surgically repaired. He will likely miss all of training camp, which could impact his chances of making the roster.

Aldirch worked out for the Knicks a couple times in September and was signed shortly before camp.

The former Kansas standout was drafted 10th overall in 2010 but has been traded three times since, raising questions about his ability.

So the one player the Knicks can count on to play behind Tyson Chandler is Kenyon Martin. Martin is undersized at center but proved last season that he could handle the position when Chandler was out with a neck ailment.

The Knicks' other options at backup center are Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. But both players have significant shortcomings on defense.

How will it all fit? The Knicks need one of the two young big men they signed in training camp to pan out. Chandler's health was an issue late in the regular season and in the postseason.

He also struggled with his conditioning and timing early in the playoffs after missing 16 of the Knicks' final 20 regular-season games due to a neck injury. Having Chandler not at 100 percent during the Indiana series really hurt the Knicks.

So the team would be wise to limit Chandler's minutes as much as possible during the regular season. The 31-year-old is New York's second most important player behind Carmelo Anthony. Because New York has so many sub-par defenders, Chandler's health and production are crucial to the team's success.

So the Knicks could use either Aldrich or Tyler as insurance for Chandler. The coaching staff probably isn't too comfortable putting either Bargnani or Stoudmire at center without an experienced defender by their side. So they'd prefer if Tyler or Aldrich turns into a consistent contributor. Training camp invites Ike Diogu and Josh Powell are also candidates to help in this area, but are a bit undersized to guard traditional 5.

Question: How do you feel about the Knicks' center situation going into this season?

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Tyler out 8-10 weeks following foot surgery

September, 5, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Knicks power forward Jeremy Tyler underwent surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal on his right foot Thursday and is expected to be out 8-10 weeks, according to the Knicks.

Tyler signed a contract with the Knicks that is not fully guaranteed. This is significant because New York can waive Tyler without paying him a full season's salary. It is unclear if the Knicks have guaranteed a portion of Tyler's contract. If so, they would have to pay him that portion if they were to release him.

Tyler, 6-foot-10, had a strong showing with the team in summer league and made an impression on the Knicks' coaches.

The 22-year-old averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds over 17.6 minutes in five games in the summer league. He was originally selected by Charlotte in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft before having his draft rights traded to Golden State.

Tyler created national headlines when he left San Diego HS after his junior year to play with Maccabi Haifa (Israel) and Tokyo Apache (Japan) for two seasons, before becoming draft eligible.

With Tyler in the fold, the Knicks have 14 players under contract. Though contracts for Tyler and C.J. Leslie are not fully guaranteed.

Also on Thursday, Toure' Murry on Thursday to accept a training-camp invite from the Knicks, sources told ESPN Senior NBA writer Marc Stein. The Miami Heat had made a strong push to get Murry into its training camp. Murry and Tyler both had strong showings in summer league for the Knicks.

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Knicks sign Tyler, eye Udrih

August, 6, 2013
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The Knicks have signed free agent big man Jeremy Tyler, the team announced on Tuesday.

Tyler, 6-foot-10, had a strong showing with the team in summer league and made an impression on the Knicks' coaches.

Tyler's deal is a minimum pact for two years and is partially guaranteed. That means if Tyler is still on the Knicks' roster at a certain date this season, the first year of the deal becomes fully guaranteed. If he is still on the Knicks' roster at a certain date after his first season, year two of the deal becomes guaranteed.
Contract details were not immediately available, but a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling that Tyler's deal is for two years. There is a certain point next summer when the second year could become fully guaranteed.

Tyler averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds over 17.6 minutes in five games in the summer league. He was originally selected by Charlotte in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft before having his draft rights traded to Golden State.

Tyler created national headlines when he left San Diego HS after his junior year to play with Maccabi Haifa (Israel) and Tokyo Apache (Japan) for two seasons, before becoming draft eligible.

With Tyler in the fold, the Knicks have 13 players under contract.

UDRIH IS TOP PRIORITY; BROWN TO WORK OUT: New York's top free-agent priority remains Beno Udrih, according to sources familiar with the team's thinking.

They will bring in guard Bobby Brown for a workout in New York on Wednesday, a league source said. They will also workout D.J. White, according to a source. Sean May will also join the workout, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork's Jared Zwerling.

The Knicks showed interest in Brown earlier in the summer, working out the former EuroLeague standout in Las Vegas.

Brown has signed a contract with the Dongguan Leopards in China, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. The deal has an out clause that would allow Brown to sign with an NBA team before Aug. 15. If not, he will be playing in China in 2013-14.

It is believed that the Knicks will not sign another point guard until they hear from Udrih. But Brown's deadline may force them to make a decision.

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Agent: Tyler might have shot with Knicks

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LAS VEGAS -- After three games in the NBA summer league, center Jeremy Tyler has emerged as a compelling candidate to secure one of the Knicks' four remaining roster spots.

Gabe Giordano, the agent for Tyler, who's averaging close to a double-double, told ESPNNewYork.com that he envisions a future for his client on the Knicks.

"While there have been no formal negotiations with the Knicks to this point, there is every indication that the Knicks would like to have Jeremy in training camp," Giordano said. "They have expressed interest in grooming him to become a valuable big man for their organization in the future."

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Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesJeremy Tyler could have a future in New York.
Giordano is hopeful that if Tyler continues to make a "positive impression" in Las Vegas, he could finalize a contract with a team in the next week or two. Giordano believes Tyler's vast basketball experience overseas and in the NBA has prepared him for a permanent roster spot.

"Turning 22 years of age just over a month ago, yet already having several years of professional basketball experience on his resume is a huge plus for Jeremy as he competes for a Knicks roster spot," Giordano said.

So far in Las Vegas, Tyler has played well defensively, moving his feet effectively to protect the basket and talking constantly to assist his teammates. It's the kind of defense that wins over Mike Woodson.

Tyler is also relentless crashing the glass, and he finishes well around the rim to complement his fluid midrange jump shot. On offense, he needs to work on improving his court awareness and passing ability, as well as fine-tuning his true center skills, such as setting picks and rolling to the basket.

After summer league wraps up next week, Giordano said Tyler, who's from San Diego, Calif., will continue to train in Southern California. Meanwhile, Giordano will continue to discuss a deal with the Knicks or elsewhere.

"There are several other teams interested in Jeremy, but we are not at liberty to comment on the details of those interested teams at this point," he said.

On Sunday, Woodson spoke highly of the 6-foot-10 Tyler, even mentioning a potential training camp invite.

"I like him as well as a camp guy because of his body size and the fact that he's so athletic," the coach said. "You might look at him four, five years down the road and say, 'Wow, he finally figured it out.'"

So how did Tyler react to Woodson's vision for him this fall?

"Wow," he said. "I haven't heard anything. It's still early. You've got to let my agents and management group talk to [the Knicks], and hopefully it works out."

At this point, the Knicks have no real backups behind Tyson Chandler. Tyler has a great opportunity to not only make the Knicks' roster, but also be a part of the rotation.

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Tyler's maturity (and game) might fit Knicks

June, 15, 2011
6/15/11
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks draft prospect Jeremy Tyler, who made national headlines in 2009 for skipping his senior year of high school to play professionally overseas, impressed GMs at Chicago's NBA draft combine in mid-May with his interviews.

Last Monday at the Knicks practice facility, Tyler gave a group of about 10 reporters a taste of how he did that. When a door opened into the media room and the 20-year-old center appeared, he introduced himself to every member of the media with an extended handshake and "Hi, I'm Jeremy." In my years working in sports, I had never seen a player do that before a press conference, large or small.

It was a pleasant surprise considering how Tyler had been portrayed in the two previous years. Back in 2009, several months after signing with the pro basketball club Maccabi Haifa in August, reports surfaced out of Israel that he was having a turbulent time. The New York Times reported: "His coach calls him lazy and out of shape. The team captain says he is soft. His teammates say he needs to learn to shut up and show up on time. He has no friends on the team. In extensive interviews with Tyler, his teammates, coaches, his father and advisers, the consensus is that he is so na´ve and immature that he has no idea how na´ve and immature he is. So enamored with his vast potential, Tyler has not developed the work ethic necessary to tap it."

Tyler admitted that being overseas in the foreign city of Haifa as an 18-year-old without his family by his side was "pretty tough," but he had an appetite to take on the challenge -- and he said it was a coming-of-age experience.

"That's exactly what I wanted," Tyler said. "I was coming to a situation not really knowing how to handle myself. I wanted to challenge myself, challenge my skills, challenge me as a person. It was like a developmental year. I grew up. I developed a lot of good daily things that I didn't have, such as being a professional, just learning how to carry myself and learning how to conduct myself in the public as a sports figure, as a model person."

Tyler left Haifa in March of 2010 to return to his hometown of San Diego, but it didn't take him very long to book another international flight. This time, it was to Tokyo, Japan, to play for the local Apache club -- and this time, he was mentally prepared. With the guidance of his sideline boss Bob Hill, who coached the Knicks in the 1986-87 season and other NBA teams in the 1990s, Tyler became the mature person the group of reporters met last week.

"[Bob's] been everything I could possibly want in a mentor, a coach and a father figure," Tyler said. "I was there by myself. I basically lived at his house. I was going there every day eating and he was installing how to be a professional, how to be a man, how to be a good person -- and all that transitioned over to basketball. He's been everything as far as teaching me the game. He always told me, 'If you have everything that I have in my brain in your body right now, you'll be the best player ever.' So I said, 'I'm going to soak up everything every single day.'"

Not only can Tyler sway the Knicks from now until next week's draft with his maturity -- one of the most important intangible assets needed to make it under the bright lights of New York -- but he plays a position, center, the team would like to upgrade. It appeared early on in the pre-draft process that they might look for a point guard to back up Chauncey Billups, especially with the concern over his age (34) and his recent playoff injury. But since his follow-up MRI showed no further damage to his left knee suffered in Game 1 of the first-round series vs. Boston, a player like Tyler (or a versatile forward like Chris Singleton) could re-direct the Knicks' focus heading into June 23.

Tyler, who was one of the top high school players in the country in the class of 2010 (he never went to college), is also applauded for his NBA-ready size (6'11", 260), big hands, 7'5" wingspan and athleticism, which onlookers raved about in Chicago. According to scouts, Tyler was one of two players (the other being Kentucky center Enes Kanter) who dramatically improved their stock.

Regarding his Knicks workout, Tyler said it was "real competitive" and he did "pretty good." Becoming a 'Bocker would be a dream come true for arguably the biggest sleeper in the draft.

"The Knicks are my favorite team," Tyler said. "I definitely can bring a lot of intensity, especially on defense. That was basically my role in Tokyo. I have a motor that never stops. I want to play hard and I go after it every single play. What I can bring to the Knicks is great, fundamental defense, especially a lot of heart added in to the heart that's already there, and just playing hard -- giving it everything I got."

Pretty soon, he may be sending out a welcome letter to every Knicks fan.

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