Knicks to Part Ways With Joakim Noah Before Training Camp

Annette Crawford
August 9, 2018

The New York Knicks are unlikely to bring Joakim Noah back into the organization under David Fizdale.

Noah, 33, has two years and $37.8 million left on his deal.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Bagley and Fred Kerber of the New York Post, the Knicks will look to waive and stretch the remainder of Noah's contract if they can not complete a trade for him or get him to agree to a buyout.

NY general manager Scott Perry has been trying to find a deal for the often injured center, but has been unable to get an adequate trade partner and has been unwilling to part with a young player or a future first-round draft pick to get rid of him. Using the stretch provision after August 31 reduces Noah's cap hit to $6.4 million, saving the team $12.9 million toward the salary cap.

"Using the stretch provision after August 31 reduces Noah's cap hit to $6.4 million, saving the team $12.9 million toward the salary cap", the ESPN report says.


Noah effectively was exiled from the Knicks in late January after he got into a verbal altercation with then-head coach Jeff Hornacek during a practice on Jan. 24 that required the two to be separated.

It really shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that the New York Knicks are looking to rid themselves of a former asset that has now turned into an anchor.

Phil Jackson signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal in 2016.

Noah, a two-time All-Star for the Chicago Bulls and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, never made an impact with NY. In February 2017, the National Basketball Association suspended Noah 20 games for taking a banned substance - a suspension that cost him the first 12 games of the 2017-18 season.

Noah played in just seven games in the 2017-18 season, all off the bench, while averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 5.7 minutes per game.

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