Knicks: Summer League and Free Agency Update
Added by Steven Korn on July 15, 2013.
(Picture courtesy of The Knicks Wall)
Two games in the books and the New York Knicks’ summer league team stands at an even 1-1. After an opening day loss to Austin Rivers and the Hornets, the Knicks bounced back to win comfortably against the Washington Wizards. Jeremy Tyler has been the one leading the Knicks in these first two games thanks to a 10 point, 11 rebound opening game and following that up with a 13 point, eight rebound performance on Sunday, per nba.com. The 6’10” forward, who has played for both the Hawks and Warriors, has shown he can score the ball down low and also has proven he can step out and hit mid-range jumpers. Maybe most impressively though, has been Tyler’s rebounding. With 19 rebounds (10 offensive) in two games, he is proving that he is a hard-working, tenacious player in the paint. His ability to get the team second chance points is something that the Knicks needed this past season.
Starting guard Iman Shumpert chose not to play in game two of the Knicks Summer League and will not play again for the team.
First round pick Tim Hardaway Jr. has also been solid so far for the Knicks. Hardaway started with an ineffective 13 point game against the Hornets and followed that up with a 9 point effort when facing the Wizards on Sunday. Hardaway Jr. did not play in the second half against the Wizards after suffering a bruised left wrist. Others that have impressed include point guard Toure Murry, forward C.J. Leslie and forward Terrence Jennings. During the game Sunday, Coach Mike Woodson sat with Knicks announcers Mike Breen and Clyde Frazier and spoke highly of Murry and Tyler. Woodson said that he definitely wants to get those two to training camp and with multiple roster spots still open, both players have a shot at making the team.
The biggest Knicks buzz continues to be focused on Metta World Peace. After officially being amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, World Peace became an unrestricted free agent on Sunday, once clearing waivers. Metta has given multiple different responses on what he would like to do now and no one is quite sure what they should take seriously. He has expressed his interest in playing professionally in China and also in playing arena football. There have been many reports on what World Peace wants next, but the latest report came from Chris Broussard, who said he spoke to someone close to the small forward and that he is hoping to play for the Knicks. The odds of World Peace to the Knicks seem to be getting better with every hour that goes by, but for now all Knicks fans can do is sit and wait.
The Knicks have also recently expressed interest in free agent center Samuel Dalembert, but with Dalembert inching closer to singing a deal with the Mavericks it looks like the New York might still end up bringing back Kenyon Martin for another season.