Joakim Noah On His Way Out of New York

Joakim Noah’s tenure with the New York Knicks is expected to end before training camp, according to reports.

The team’s plan is to “use the NBA’s waive-and-stretch provision to release Noah sometime after September 1.” Of course, the Knicks would love to find a trade partner willing to take on the former Defensive Player of the Year, but given Noah’s massive contract and his extreme lack of effectiveness as of late, that is highly unlikely.

Noah signed a four-year, $72.6 million deal with the Knicks when he was a free-agent in 2016. However, he has not lived up to that dollar amount. He appeared in just seven games last season before exiled by then head coach Jeff Hornacek due to a physical confrontation which took place between the two. Noah averaged a minuscule 1.7 points and two rebounds in just under 6 minutes per game last year.

Widely considered to be the most overpaid player in the NBA, Noah is likely on his way out of the Garden. By waiving him using the stretch provision, the Knicks would retain his $18.5 million salary next season. The Knicks will then be able to pay Noah’s remaining $19.3 million for the 2019-20 season in three installments.

However, New York would suffer cap hits of $6.4 million in the summers of 2020 and 2021.

Knicks coach David Fizdale did not originally rule out the possibility of entering Noah into the rotation, stating that he wasn’t going to put a ceiling on any of his players. He wanted to give all of his players an equal opportunity to earn a role within the organization. However, Fizdale’s proposition has not gained any traction. New York is ready to move on from the former Bulls standout.

Assuming that his career in New York is over, Noah finished his campaign in the Big Apple averaging 4.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and two assists per game in 53 games played.


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