The New York Knicks are now determined to dump Joakim Noah.
There were reports of New York Knicks center Joakim Noah being upset with head coach Jeff Hornacek last week, which is why he left their west coast road trip early.
Now of course the Knicks’ trip is over and they’re back in New York to face off against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, in a game that Noah will not be in attendance after missing Monday’s practice.
There was also a report that the Knicks are ramping up their efforts to trade Noah.
Now Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Knicks are exploring ways to get rid of Noah, since he got into a shouting match with Hornacek.
Sources: After heated verbal exchange in practice between Joakim Noah and coach Jeff Hornacek last week, the Knicks are exploring avenues to part with Noah. He has two years remaining on the four-year, $72M deal he signed in 2016.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2018
We already that the only way the Knicks will be able to trade Noah is by also giving up their first round pick in 2018. The only other way to get rid of him is to buy him out. It will be interesting to see what New York does.
As much as people want to blame Phil Jackson for signing Noah, he did draft Kristaps Porzingis. In his defense, it’s hard for general managers to never make mistakes. Unfortunately, right now the Knicks have a big problem when it comes to Noah’s contract.
Update: As Bobby Marks points out a stretch provision for Noah’s contract wouldn’t make sense.
Stretch provision for Joakim Noah would be $7,565,000 over 5 years beginning in 2018-19 and ending in 2022-23. That is a lot of dead cap space for a team likely to have cap flexibility starting in 2020. Cap relief would do little for the Knicks this summer.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 29, 2018
Also ESPN’s Ian Begley and Adrian Wojnarowski are reporting that the Knicks and Noah haven’t talked about a buyout yet.
Sources tell @wojespn and me: Status quo on Joakim Noah’s situation w/Knicks. Noah is away from the team working out and awaiting the Knicks to deliver him direction on the next steps. There have been no conversations about a buyout on the 3 yrs, $56 million left on his deal.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 29, 2018
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