As reported here previously, the New York Knicks (via the NBA D-League affiliated Erie BayHawks) have acquired the minor league rights to camp invitee Jeremy Tyler. Though he displayed tremendous potential and a skill set that the Knicks are often in need of during NBA Summer League, an injury kept Tyler sidelined all of training camp. That, coupled with a roster spot granted to Chris Smith, made the big man the odd man out come opening night.
But New York is still very intrigued by Tyler. If and when the young gun gets healthy towards the end of 2013, the Knicks could very well look to make some adjustments to their roster and find a spot for him. But in the meantime, the team desired to monitor his continued rehab and potential subsequent progress in the months to come. Because the (Santa Cruz) Warriors owned Tyler's D-League rights from last season, the two affiliates needed to agree upon a swap so that Tyler can continue to make his strides closer to Knickerbocker base.
Multiple sources told RidiculousUpside.com that both sides had agreed upon a trade on NBA D-League Draft night this past Friday, but acquisitions are not able to be announced during the selection process. From a recent press release, here's the Warriors' prospective of the deal (paired with some other tid-bits on the team's related acquisitions):
The Santa Cruz Warriors have acquired the rights to guard John Allen and forward/center Dwayne Jones from the Texas Legends, guard William Buford from the Iowa Energy, forward Paul Crosby from the Maine Red Claws and forward Ryan Evans from the Erie BayHawks, the team announced today. The Warriors have also received Erie's original first round pick and Maine's original second round pick in the 2014 NBA D-League Draft.
In exchange, Santa Cruz has sent the rights to Jeremy Tyler, Scott Suggs and Shane Gibson to the Erie BayHawks. Suggs and Gibson were both selected by the Santa Cruz Warriors in the 2013 NBA D-League Draft - Suggs was the 15th overall pick, while Gibson was selected in the third round (38th overall). In addition, the Warriors sent the rights to Jeremy Atkinson, who was selected in the third round (49th overall), to Texas.
The Warriors also received the rights to Reginald Buckner, the eighth overall pick in Friday's NBA D-League Draft, from the Erie BayHawks and sent his rights to Iowa along with the rights to Garland Judkins, who was selected by Santa Cruz in the sixth round (100th overall). The Warriors received the rights to Abdul Gaddy, the 27th overall pick in this year's draft, from Iowa and sent his rights to Maine in the trade for Paul Crosby. Santa Cruz sent its original third round selection in the 2014 NBA D-League Draft to the Springfield Armor in the three-team trade with Texas.