(UPI) -- In cutting down to their 15-man roster, the New York Knicks retained J.R. Smith's brother Chris Smith.
Smith's spot was determined by "respect" for his older brother, Mike Woodson said Wednesday. The younger Smith played just 20 minutes during the preseason.
But, in turn, the team released injured 6-foot-10 forward Jeremy Tyler, however, after a slow recovery from foot surgery in September. He is not expected to be able to play until late November, if not later.
Tyler was expected to be retained, as Woodson said that he didn't think the Knicks would "kick him to the curb." Tyler's agent said he hopes the player will be able to rejoin the roster after his rehabilitation.
The team also cut forwards Ike Diogu and Josh Powell. In the early season, Smith is expected to get time playing in the D-Leauge. Should Tyler return, the Knicks will likely cut Smith or center Cole Aldrich.