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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Knicks keeping Joakim Noah away from team indefinitely

Joakim Noah

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.

Report: Joakim Noah not interested in buyout

The New York Knicks are in a tough situation with Joakim Noah.

The Knicks are looking to get rid of Noah, who had an exchange with head coach Jeff Hornacek recently. Noah signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the team in 2016 and is owed nearly $38 million over the next two seasons.

While appearing on ESPN’s broadcast of the Celtics-Knicks game on Wednesday, NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski said Noah has no inclination to give back any of the money he is owed because he knows this could be his last contract. That means a buyout does not seem too likely.

If a buyout is not in the cards, the Knicks could waive Noah via the stretch provision. That would mean a $7.5 million hit to the club over five seasons rather than the $18.5 million they owe him next year and the $19.3 million he is owed the season after that.

Woj also reported that the Knicks have told Noah not to return to the team prior to the trade deadline.

Report: Knicks looking to get rid of Joakim Noah after exchange with Jeff Hornacek

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah’s days with the New York Knicks appear to be numbered.

According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, the Knicks are exploring ways to get rid of Noah after the center had a “heated verbal exchange” with head coach Jeff Hornacek last week.

Noah’s Knicks tenure has been nothing short of a disaster. He has played in only seven games this season after just 46 last year due to a combination of injuries and a suspension for use of a banned substance. Now he’s clashing with the coach. With the money he’s still owed and the fact that even he has admitted he’s far from the player he once was, it’s hard to see how the Knicks get rid of him without just swallowing their pride and paying him off.

Joakim Noah gets ovation in return to Knicks

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah made his return to court for the Knicks and received a warm welcome from those on hand at Madison Square Garden.

Noah served the remaining 12 games of a 20-game suspension for using a banned substance to begin the season. He remained on the inactive list until Monday. With Enes Kanter set to miss the game against the Blazers due to back spasms, the Knicks activated Noah.

It was Noah’s first game since February 4. Prior to checking in for the first time, he received an ovation from Knicks fans.

Center is a position New York has an abundance of depth at with Kanter, Kyle O’Quinn, and Willy Hernangomez on the roster in addition to Noah. Barring injury to either of them, it’s likely Noah won’t see many minutes this season. Noah is in the second year of a four-year contract he signed last summer worth $72 million.

Joakim Noah admits he ‘probably’ will never be the same player

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah seems to be in the acceptance stage of his decline as a player.

The New York Knicks big man admitted on Friday that he “probably” will never be the same player that he once was, per Steve Popper of USA TODAY.

Noah, 32, has averaged just 4.7 points per game over his last two seasons of play and has made just 75 total appearances over that span. He also has yet to play in 2017-18 thanks to a combination of injury and a drug suspension.

It is a disastrous admission considering that the Knicks signed the former Defensive Player of the Year to a four-year, $72.6 million deal just last year. His stint in New York has been known more for its lowlights than anything, and it seems Noah owns perhaps the single worst contract in the NBA today.