Adam ZagoriaThe Knicks announced that they have waived Ike Diogu, C.J. Leslie, Josh Powell, Jeremy Tyler and Chris Douglas-Roberts.
That means that Toure’ Murry, Chris Smith and Cole Aldrich have made the 15-man roster, for now. Twelve other players have guaranteed contracts.
The final roster must be set by October 28.
Diogu (7.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) out-played Aldrich (0.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Powell (3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg) during the preseason, and it will be interesting to hear what coach Mike Woodson says about this decision tonight before the Knicks hosts the Charlotte Bobcats at MSG. At 6-11, Aldrich is the tallest of the trio and perhaps the Knicks felt he gives them the best backup center to Tyson Chandler — at least at this stage.
The cutting of the 6-10 Tyler is a bit of a surprise, as he reportedly had some guaranteed money and Woodson had indicated they might keep him around despite the fact that he hasn’t played in the preseason because of a foot injury.
Tyler and Leslie reported had $300,000 in guaranteed money combined, according to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.
Murry had the best camp of any of the invites and gives the Knicks a tough, young defender in the backcourt and someone who averaged 10.2 points through the first six exhibition games — fifth-most on the team.
Smith injured his knee during training camp a year ago and spent the season rehabbing and training at the Knicks facility. Despite averaging 1.0 ppg in the preseason, he’s now made the 15-man cut, something that his older brother, J.R. Smith, said he deserved based “on talent.”
They will likely send the younger Smith to their D-League team.
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.