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Here’s the problem, briefly: the Knicks are keeping Chris Smith, who nobody seems to believe is a player who can help them, instead of the rights to Jeremy Tyler, a promising young big man. Tyler can sign with any other team now.
This is how the Knicks got Jeremy Lin, by the way- the Rockets had a surplus at point guard. Here’s the thing: the Knicks don’t have a surplus at center. Just the opposite. They have a well-worn Tyson Chandler, whose minutes must be managed if the Knicks can expect to do anything this season. They have Kenyon Martin, who after a full offseason, still isn’t healthy. And they have Cole Aldrich, who couldn’t see preseason minutes ahead of Ike Diogu, who the Knicks just cut.
Is this CAA? J.R. Smith’s secret deal? It doesn’t even matter, and if it is simple basketball evaluation, that might be worse.
This Knicks team is over the cap, they have some significant roster problems, and they need a break. They can’t further limit their chances by punting a roster spot.
Let’s hope Chris Smith proves everybody wrong. Apparently, he’ll get the chance.
NEW YORK, October 25, 2013 – New York Knickerbockers President and General Manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has waived forwards Ike Diogu, C.J. Leslie, Josh Powell and Jeremy Tyler and guard Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Diogu, 6-8, 255-pounds, averaged 7.2 points, on 56.7-percent shooting, and 4.0 rebounds over 16.2 minutes in six preseason games after signing as a free agent on Sep. 27.
Leslie, 6-9, 210-pounds, recorded 12 points and seven rebounds over 36 minutes in five preseason games after signing as an undrafted free agent on Jul. 8.
Powell, 6-9, 240-pounds, averaged 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 18.6 minutes in five preseason games after signing as a free agent on Sep. 30.
Tyler, 6-10, 250-pounds, signed as a free agent on Aug. 6, but did not appear in the preseason due to injury.
Douglas-Roberts, 6-7, 210-pounds, recorded seven points and three assists over 24 minutes in two preseason games after signing as a free agent on Oct. 2.