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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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10 notable NBA players who could retire in the next year

It’s always sad watching once-great athletes enter the twilight of their careers. For sports fans, it feels like we’re losing a piece of ourselves. Father Time doesn’t discriminate, and though some athletes push the envelope into their 40s, we all sadly have a shelf life.

In the past two years, fans have seen notable figures like Tim Duncan, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce retire. Here are 10 well-known players who may follow in their footsteps in the next year.

10. Vince Carter

I sat down with V.C. on draft day to discuss his future, and at the time it was uncertain. He was waiting for LeBron to announce his decision so the rest of the league could react and adjust their free-agency plans accordingly. Once LJ finally did so, the Hawks scooped Carter, signing him to a one-year deal. Atlanta wanted “Carter around its young locker room,” per Woj. The 41-year-old will receive $2.4 million for the season — keep getting them checks! Carter is no longer the Vinsanity we all knew and loved, but he’s had a heck of a career, and he’s still a valuable piece. Last season, with Sacramento, he played in 58 games, averaging 17.7 minutes, 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. The former No. 5 overall pick (1998, Golden State Warriors) has now played for eight teams.

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Report: Knicks likely to release Joakim Noah before training camp

Joakim Noah

A new coach will not mean a second chance in New York for Joakim Noah.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, the New York Knicks intend to use the NBA’s stretch-and-waive provision on Noah before Sept. 1, and the team has no plans to bring him back into the squad under new coach David Fizdale.

Noah has two years and nearly $38 million left on his deal, and the Knicks are waiting to release him because doing so after September will save the team $12.9 million toward the salary cap. Efforts to trade Noah have been unsuccessful, as the Knicks have been unwilling to sweeten the pot for other teams by adding quality draft picks or young talent to any package to unburden themselves of the contract.

Noah’s Knicks career essentially ended with a practice argument with then-coach Jeff Hornacek in February. Hornacek has since been fired, but that evidently won’t change the fact that Noah isn’t welcome around the team.

Wolves interested in Joakim Noah, Luol Deng if bought out?

Tom Thibodeau’s mission to turn the Minnesota Timberwolves into Chicago Bulls West may be inching closer to fruition.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported on Saturday that the Wolves will monitor the situations of ex-Bulls Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, who are both buyout candidates. Krawczynski also adds that if they are indeed bought out, Minnesota would “certainly” consider signing one of them to a minimum deal.

Noah and Deng, both 33 years old, are hugely negative assets at this stage of their respective careers and possess two of the absolute worst contracts in the NBA right now. The former is still owed a horrendous $37.8 million over the next two years by the New York Knicks, and the latter is still owed an equally brutal $36.8 million over the next two years by the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, what matters here is that the two former All-Stars used to play in Chicago under Thibodeau, who has brought in an almost laughable number of his former Windy City players to Minnesota (a list that includes Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and Aaron Brooks). At least one of those players might not be happy to hear this news though.

Joakim Noah celebrated Earth Day with his new blonde beard

Joakim Noah left the New York Knicks on sour terms back in January and has not played competitive basketball since, but he appears to be doing quite well. In fact, it looks like the big man has taken his time away from the court to get in touch with nature.

On Sunday, Noah celebrated Earth Day by showing off his blonde beard on Instagram. We’ll just let you watch the video:

Jah bless the earth

A post shared by Joakim Noah (@stickity13) on

The reports we heard about Noah’s relationship with former Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek made it seem like he was dealing with a lot of tension in his life, but that certainly looks like a man who has found peace. It will be interesting to see if Noah remains with the Knicks next season and if he brings his blonde beard with him.

Knicks keeping Joakim Noah away from team indefinitely

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Joakim Noah remains persona non grata from the New York Knicks.

General manager Scott Perry affirmed Friday that the Knicks have no intention of asking or welcoming the exiled Noah back into the fold after the trade deadline came and went without a deal.

“There’s no new update — same place,” Perry said, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “We weren’t able to get a trade done. He’s not coming back right now. He’ll be away until further notice.”

It’s tough to see where this saga goes from here. With $54 million left on his deal, there’s no way the Knicks are going to find a trade partner for him. It doesn’t sound like he has any interest in negotiating a buyout. For the moment, it looks like the two sides will just remain separate from each other with no end in sight.

Ten potential NBA buyout candidates

Derrick Rose

The NBA trade deadline has passed, but we are far from the end of the player movement. It has become normal that a robust buyout market emerges after the deadline, as players who weren’t moved — or were moved to match salaries — are set free to sign with contenders for the minimum. These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth.

Who will end up on the buyout market this year? Here are ten potential candidates of varying likelihood.

1) Derrick Rose, Jazz

Derrick Rose was sent to Utah as part of a three-way trade the Cavs made on deadline day. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz. If that happens, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. He has great familiarity with his former coach Tom Thibodeau and ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, and is said to have interest in a reunion.

2) Joe Johnson, Kings

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Report: Joakim Noah, Jeff Hornacek ‘pretty much hate each other’

Joakim Noah

The New York Knicks announced on Friday that Joakim Noah will be away from the team indefinitely, and at this point it would not be a surprise if it remained that way for the rest of the season.

Noah has not been with the Knicks since he had a dispute with head coach Jeff Hornacek on Jan. 25. According to a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the only way Noah would even consider playing for New York again is if Hornacek wasn’t the coach.

Finding a trade partner before the Feb. 8 deadline will be virtually impossible, as Noah has been oft-injured and has $54 million remaining on his contract over the next three years. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Knicks are not willing to package any significant future draft assets or young players as a way to entice teams to take on Noah’s contract. A buyout is one possibility, but all indications have been that Noah has no interest in that.

Noah and Hornacek had to be separated during a recent practice in what sources told ESPN was a “pretty bad” disagreement. It’s obvious that the two simply are not going to coexist.