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.
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.”
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
I want to make a clarification on something I said on the Hoop Collective Podcast. I mentioned Joakim Noah had suffered an injury over the summer. He has recovered from the injury and is back working out and looking to sign with a contender.