Tyson Chandler may make his long-awaited return on Wednesday night in Milwaukee, but Chandler isn’t the only big man expected to don a Knicks uniform again soon. New York will also likely re-add Jeremy Tyler, who is playing for the team’s D-League affiliate in Erie, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post. However, according to Berman, the team has put that signing on hold until its trade situation clears up.
Tyler, 22, was in camp with the Knicks but sustained a stress fracture and was subsequently waived so he didn’t take up a regular season roster spot. Nonetheless, New York made sure to acquire his D-League rights for the Erie Bayhawks, and are said to be “closely monitoring” his progress with the club. So far, Tyler has appeared in three games, and while his averages (17.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG) are solid, he hasn’t been overly efficient (.413 FG%, 4.3 TO).
In order to sign Tyler, the Knicks would have to clear a roster spot, either by making a trade or releasing a player. The team has been connected to Kyle Lowry, and would likely send out more players than it received in any deal for the Raptors’ point guard, which could create an opening for Tyler. Otherwise, the club would likely have to release Toure’ Murry, Cole Aldrich, or Chris Smith to sign Tyler. Murry and Aldrich are on non-guaranteed contracts, while Smith has yet to see any NBA playing time.