Knicks, Jeremy Tyler Agree To Deal

July 19 2013 at 5:21pm CST By Chuck Myron

Jeremy Tyler tells Jonah Ballow of Knicks.com that the team has invited him to training camp (Twitter link). Most training camp invitations entail non-guaranteed minimum-salary contracts that cover one season, so it seems that's what Tyler's getting. Still, it's a chance to make the club and duplicate the success that Chris Copeland, a camp invitee last year, had en route to signing a two-year, $6.135MM deal with the Pacers this month.

Tyler's agent, Gabe Giordano, said this week that he was hopeful he'd be able to strike a deal with the Knicks within the next few weeks that at the very least entailed an invitation to camp. That the two sides agreed so quickly may indicate some kind of guaranteed money is involved, though that's just my speculation. Mark Berman of the New York Post also surmised that Tyler could get a partial guarantee, when he wrote this weekend that there was a "big chance" that the 22-year-old center would draw a camp invitation.

Tyler was a second-round pick of the Bobcats in 2011, but he made his NBA debut that fall with the Warriors, who traded for his rights on draft night. He made 23 late-season starts for a depleted Golden State squad his rookie year, but he averaged just 20.9 minutes per game as a starter, notching 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. He played sparingly this past season, when the Warriors sent him to the Hawks at the trade deadline in a move to get under the tax line. The Hawks waived him two weeks later, but he's resurfaced with the Knicks summer league team, averaging 12.8 PPG and 6.4 RPG.

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