The New York Knicks are in a bad position when it comes to Joakim Noah.
Despite reports that the New York Knicks are working on a way to move on from veteran center Joakim Noah, there is a chance that he ends up staying in the Big Apple for now.
Now, I will say this, in order for Noah to stick around, he’ll have to reconcile with head coach Jeff Hornacek after the both of them got into a heated exchange.
Bobby Marks of ESPN went over the options the Knicks have when it comes to what they can do with Noah and they’re not good.
The first one would be to trade Noah. This would be great, but all reports indicate that the only way the Knicks will be able to unload him is if they’re also willing to hand over their first round pick for the 2018 NBA Draft. That would be a dumb move, since they could end up with a top-10 pick.
Another option is to waive Noah, via the stretch provision. This would give the Knicks some extra money to use over the next two summers, but Marks explains why it’s not a good move.
While stretching Noah would give the Knicks some more money to spend in the next two summers, it would also eat into their cap space when they hope to use that space to attract free agents. The cap relief this summer would also be a nonfactor unless the club sheds significant salary that’s already guaranteed for next season or if Enes Kanter opts out of his $18.6 million player option for 2018-19.
The third option the Knicks have, is to buy out Noah. But the problem there is that he’s not willing to sacrifice any money that New York owes him. So that option is out of the picture.
The final option the Knicks have to to out right release Noah, but they would still be paying his salary over the course of the next three seasons.
If the Knicks are so desperate to get rid of Noah, the only thing they can do is either release him out right or use the stretch provision on him. Both options are bad. Right now, New York is in a no-win situation with Noah. He has all of the leverage.