The wayward center could be erased from New York’s roster before the start of training camp, either by trade or the stretch provision.
It appears that the Joakim Noah era in New York is coming to an end.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the New York Knicks are expected to part ways with Noah before training camp.
The Knicks plan to continue to shop Noah on the trading market, but it is not likely a deal will be made this upcoming week.
After receiving a four-year, $72 million contract in 2016, Noah has arguably been the worst signing in franchise history. He started 46 games in 2016–17 and averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest (via Basketball-Reference).
Last season, Noah was banned for the first 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. Upon return, he played in seven games, was sent down to Westchester, and ultimately got into a heated exchange with head coach Jeff Hornacek. With a Jackson-less organization running the show, it was clear the Knicks had no intention to use Noah last season. His lack of playing time and uncertain role on the roster ultimately led to his confrontation with Hornacek and dismissal from the team.
With the release of Noah, the Knicks are moving on from the Zen Master’s coveted signing. Even under new management, the situation last season made it impossible to rekindle the flame that ignited the relationship in the summer of 2016. The Knicks are looking to go young and Noah is a hindrance on that movement. Instead, the Knicks will look to move ahead and focus on Enes Kanter and the development of second-round pick Mitchell Robinson along with the development of Luke Kornet.
With this move, the Knicks will likely waive and stretch Noah’s deal, which will help them down the line if they have an interest in offering at least one max contract (cough cough… Kyrie Irving).
With Noah likely hitting the free agency market, don’t be surprised if Thibs and the T-Wolves look to bring back a familiar face. TimberBulls unite!