Jeremy Tyler shoots without a walking boot

Adam Zagoria

Jeremy Tyler is out of his walking boot and getting closer to joining the Knicks.

The 6-foot-10 forward shot baskets on a side court Thursday sans the boot he has been wearing since undergoing right foot surgery in September. It still could be a couple of months until he’s able to scrimmage.

“Right now, he’s still a ways away,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson. “He’s on schedule, we just got to wait to get him back on the floor, see where he is. Right now, he’s a concern but I’m worrying about the guys that are in uniform right now.”

Woodson is slated to meet with president/GM Steve Mills Thursday night or Friday to discuss the upcoming cuts.

They have three open spots and Tyler appears to have a strong chance of taking one of them. That would leave two for some combination of guards Toure’ Murry and Chris Smith, J.R.’s brother, and the trio of big men in Ike Diogu, Cole Aldrich and Josh Powell.

Of that group, Murry and Diogu have excelled the most in camp.

With Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin banged up, it would seem logical two keep two additional bigs, but Woodson said he wasn’t sure what he would argue for.

“You guys will know when the decision is made,” he said. “I can’t sit here and tell you exactly what I’m going to do. Once I sit down with Steve and everybody involved, we’ll make a decision and then you guys will know.”


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.