Knicks waive former Bull Joakim Noah after just two seasons

Annette Crawford
October 14, 2018

Noah's tenure in NY was a tumultuous one, marred by injuries and a suspension. Almost everyone predicted that the Knicks giving an injury-prone Noah a four-year, $72M deal when he was already 31 years old would be a mistake. Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug program in March 2017. And why might the Knicks regret stretching Noah rather than attempting to trade his salary next summer? The $19.3 million he is owed for the 2019-20 season will be stretched out in three equal cap hits of $6.4 million from 2019-22, per Wojnarowski.

Don't expect to see Noah on another National Basketball Association roster anytime soon.

Along with the injuries, he also beefed with then-head coach Jeff Hornacek, and was essentially exiled from the team. His first season in NY ended early when he was suspended 20 games by the National Basketball Association in March 2017 for a failed drug test, a suspension that carried into the 2017-18 season.

Noah totaled 53 games over two seasons with the Knicks, averaging fewer than five points.

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