The 6-foot-10 Tyler has yet to practice during training camp because he's been in a walking boot after undergoing foot surgery in September.
“We got to nurse him back and develop him and see if he can help us,’’ coach Mike Woodson said, per the Post. “We were high on him. Unfortunately he broke his foot. We owe him that. We got to do that. We got to wait and see.’’
If Tyler -- who reportedly has a partial guarantee -- does make the roster, that would leave only two other available spots. If guard Toure` Murray, who has excelled in camp, takes one, that would leave only one other slot for a backup center.
Entering Wednesday's preseason game against the Bucks, Ike Diogu would appear to have the inside track for that job on Cole Aldrich and Josh Powell.
Meantime, Tyler has had an interesting career thusfar. He committed to Louisville coach Rick Pitino as a junior at San Diego High School , but then left the U.S. after his junior season to play in Israel. He then played in Japan before being chosen in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by Charlotte. That year, he also worked out for the Knicks.
Tyler appeared in 21 games with the Warriors and Hawks last season, recording 22 total points and 20 rebounds over 68 minutes, before finishing the season with Santa Cruz of the D-League.
Though he has battled maturity issues, the Knicks have always been high on his talent, and now it appears he will stick with the team and get his shot.
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.