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Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah speaks positively about Clippers’ culture

Joakim Noah already seems to be assimilating into the LA Clippers nicely.

Speaking on Wednesday after debuting for the Clippers in an exhibition win over the Orlando Magic, the former All-Star big man offered his first impressions about the team.

“No prima donnas on the Clippers, that’s for sure,” said Noah, per Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

The 35-year-old Noah, who had four points, five rebounds, and three assists in just 15 minutes on Wednesday, had agreed to a ten-day contract with the Clippers right before the shutdown. He has since signed a deal for the rest of the season and could actually see a decent-sized role in Orlando with fellow big men Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell currently away from the Clippers.

Noah’s assessment of the team is notable because reports earlier this season had alleged that some Clippers were alienated by the supposed preferential treatment of their stars. Thus far though, the 13-year NBA veteran Noah has seen nothing to back those claims up.

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Joakim Noah could see larger than expected role with Clippers

Joakim Noah

Originally signed to provide some depth in the frontcourt, Joakim Noah may end up seeing a pretty big role for the Los Angeles Clippers in Orlando.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he believes the NBA’s four-month shutdown has significantly benefited Noah, and outlined what he wants from the veteran center.

“We need him to be a solid veteran player, we need him to be a leader as much as he can lead, to be a great example, to be a teacher to [Ivica Zubac], and then really just to be ready when called upon,” Rivers said Sunday, via Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times. “I think mentally he’s in the right space right now to be ready, so I think he will be.”

Zubac did not travel with the team to Orlando, and it is unknown if he is even there. Meanwhile, Montrezl Harrell had to leave the bubble to tend to a family matter. That means Noah may see a significant role, at least initially, once games begin.

The 35-year-old center played in 42 games for the Memphis Grizzlies last season in a reserve role. It sounds like he may have a big impact on the Clippers that he probably didn’t expect to have.

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LeBron James completely ignored Joakim Noah’s efforts to recruit him in 2010

LeBron James

LeBron James and Joakim Noah are not exactly BFFs, and now we are getting yet another testament to that much.

In a lengthy and insightful piece on the free agent summer of 2010 that led to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh signing with the Miami Heat, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst addressed Noah’s attempts to recruit James to the Chicago Bulls. Despite his already “acrimonious” relationship with James, Noah called The King early on during the free agent period. James never returned his call.

The piece also discusses how Chicago’s pursuit of the three stars was hurt by the fact that they only had the cap space to sign two of them and could not find a trade partner to help them clear room for the third. Then-franchise star Derrick Rose’s lack of active involvement in the recruiting process was also cited as a factor in why the team ultimately failed.

The Bulls and the Heat would go on to develop a big rivalry in the early part of the decade, but the bad blood between James and Noah ran way deeper. Noah infamously ragged on the city of Cleveland during James’ first stint there, and the two would regularly get into spats on the court even years later.

Now that James is on the Los Angeles Lakers and Noah has signed a rest-of-the-year deal with the rival LA Clippers, we might actually be treated to another helping of the age-old beef when the NBA resumes in Orlando.

Joakim Noah signed by Clippers for rest of season and non-guaranteed next season

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah’s contract with the LA Clippers could help him have a spot with them next season.

Noah originally signed a 10-day contract with the Clippers in March just two days before the season was suspended. He didn’t play in a game with the team, but they decided last week to sign him for the rest of the season.

According to multiple reporters, Noah has also been signed for next season too, though the deal is non-guaranteed. That means the Clippers could still cut him if they feel he won’t be worth the money.

The 35-year-old played in 42 games for Memphis last season and averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. He was recovering from a freak injury that caused him to miss most of this season prior to signing with the Clippers.

Clippers to sign Joakim Noah for rest of season

Joakim Noah

It took a while, but Joakim Noah has parlayed his 10-day contract into a job for the rest of the season.

The Los Angeles Clippers will sign Noah for the remainder of the season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Noah signed a 10-day deal with the Clippers on March 9, two days before the NBA season was suspended. He didn’t actually get the chance to appear in a game before that happened, so the Clippers are signing him without really knowing how he’ll stack up to NBA competition right now. With 10-day contracts set to expire Tuesday when the NBA transaction window opens, they essentially had to make a decision to keep him or lose him.

Other teams reportedly looked at Noah before the Clippers brought him in. He last featured for Memphis, where he averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in 42 appearances last season.

Clippers to sign Joakim Noah to 10-day contract

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah is returning to the NBA.

The former All-Star has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Noah’s deal will begin as a 10-day contract.

Noah adds frontcourt depth to a Clipper team with championship aspirations. He played for Memphis last season, appearing in 42 games and averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

The veteran center has been plagued by injury issues in recent years. Still, he may have something to offer a contender, as at least one other team looked into signing him earlier in the season. It’s a low-risk move for a Clipper team that is expecting a deep playoff run. If it doesn’t work, he’ll be gone quickly. If it does, they could get a valuable piece at little cost.

Mavericks reportedly reached out to Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

The Dallas Mavericks need a new big man after losing Dwight Powell to a ruptured Achilles tendon on Tuesday night, and one player they have considered is Joakim Noah.

Noah is among the players the Mavs have considered but they have concerns about his health, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. MacMahon says the Mavs are also considering overseas and G League players.

Noah played in 42 games for the Memphis Grizzlies last season, averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game. The last report on Noah said the 33-year-old was looking to sign with a contender.

The Mavericks definitely fit the contender bill.

Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith are set to see an increase in minutes with Powell out.