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Report: Knicks to cut Chris Smith for Jeremy Tyler, JR Smith reacts

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Knicks part ways with Chris and JR might be upset. (USATSI)
Knicks part ways with Chris Smith and JR Smith might be upset. (USATSI)

The New York Knicks need depth and they need depth inside. With Cole Aldrich and Toure' Murry as the only players with non fully guaranteed deals this season, they were the most likely to get cut in order to bring someone in. However, Aldrich is a center and Murry has played decently in spot minutes. He's far outperformed what Chris Smith has given the team. He's only played two minutes this season.

According to ESPN New York, the Knicks will waive Chris Smith in order to have the roster room sign Jeremy Tyler. Tyler played with the Knicks during the summer league and has been on their radar for rejoining the team since the start of the season.

The New York Knicks have decided to waive Chris Smith, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPNNewYork.com that the Knicks were in the process of finalizing the move Monday to create a roster spot to sign big man Jeremy Tyler, who has been playing for the Erie Bayhawks, the Knicks' D-League affiliate, since going to training camp with New York.

The Knicks considered releasing center Cole Aldrich to make room for Tyler, sources said, but have decided to let go of Smith.

It's been well-documented that Chris Smith, brother of Knicks' guard JR Smith, is believed to have a roster spot on the Knicks because of the team's relationship with JR. Whether or not he was given a contract because they wanted to please JR, it seemed confusing that Chris Smith was given a fully guaranteed deal when he wasn't waived before October 29, 2013.

The Knicks are willing to eat his deal for the rest of the season in order to bring in Tyler, who by all accounts is a better player and a position of need. Shortly after the news started to leak out, JR Smith posted this photo on Instagram. While it's not directly naming the Knicks specifically, the timing of it all is enough for people to assume he was indirectly commenting on his brother being waived.

Whether he was or not, the timing of it all won't mean fewer distractions to the situation.

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