The New York Knicks have finally come to their senses.
UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 30, at 5:25 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
Not only is the deed now done, but ESPN New York's Ian Begley tells us Chris Smith's replacement is already putting pen to paper:
The #Knicks have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent F/C Jeremy Tyler, sources say.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 30, 2013
Parting ways with one player you don't need for another you do—that, my friends, is a little thing we like to call "progress."
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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 30, at 2:40 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
The deed has been done, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley:
Rejoice and be glad Knicks fans. The Knicks finally did something that makes sense.
Enjoy this while it lasts.
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No, they haven't discontinued their losing ways. They're still awful. But they may be preparing to ditch J.R. Smith's younger brother once and for all, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley:
Hearing: as #Knicks inch closer to signing F/C Jeremy Tyler, they are strongly considering cutting G Chris Smith instead of C Cole Aldrich.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 29, 2013
Guess this makes owner James Dolan a liar.
ESPN's Marc Stein previously heard that Dolan told Knicks players no roster or personnel changes were imminent. Cutting Chris Smith certainly constitutes "change."
Going online now: ESPN sources say Knicks owner James Dolan told his players Thursday no trades or changes to coaching staff are forthcoming— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 27, 2013
But it's necessary change.
Jeremy Tyler gives size to a roster that has two bigs, Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, who can neither rebound nor play defense. He also gives the Knicks someone they might actually use, as opposed to Smith, who has been buried on the bench or in the D-League all year.
Smith has appeared in just two games this season, playing a grand total of two minutes. His sheer presence has made more of an impact than his play or potential.
The NBA investigated the legitimacy of his roster spot back in November following comments from head coach Mike Woodson that suggested league policy may have been breached, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.
"Sure, it does," Woodson said at the time, per Berman. "I look at [Chris] just like I look at J.R., though J.R. is the guy who played in a uniform and has been very productive for us. I have a great deal of respect for that family. That’s his brother. I respect that."
Though the league ultimately determined Smith was a genuine NBA prospect, one opposing general manager told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski he was "maybe the worst player in the history of the [NBA] summer league."
Who should the Knicks cut if they bring back Jeremy Tyler?
It's no secret New York's decision to retain Smith was weird. The Knicks needed size, but instead kept a guard they would never use. Brilliant.
Tyler has finally given them reason to move on. He's averaging 18 points and 10.2 rebounds on 47.8 percent shooting through six D-League appearances, numbers that may force the Knicks to mercifully part ways with Smith.
Although, these are the Knicks. We'll believe Smith is gone, and Cole Aldrich safe, when we see it.