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.
The Mavs would have to create a roster spot to sign a center.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 22, 2020
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.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 4, 2019
The Mavericks definitely fit the contender bill.
Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith are set to see an increase in minutes with Powell out.
The Los Angeles Lakers are searching for frontcourt help in the wake of DeMarcus Cousins suffering a torn ACL, and they are planning to take a closer look at some big-name veterans.
The Lakers have scheduled individual workouts this week with Dwight Howard and Joakim Noah, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. They will also bring in Mo Speights and are gathering information on Marcin Gortat.
Sources: Lakers planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles. Another consideration currently overseas: Marcin Gortat. Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 20, 2019
Howard is still under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, but they have given the Lakers permission to speak with him and are open to a buyout agreement. Howard, who turns 34 in December and only appeared in nine games last season because of a glute injury, would likely be open to returning to Los Angeles despite his negative history with the team.
Noah played in 42 games for the Grizzlies last year, averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Florida fans were left disappointed and infuriated on Saturday after a non-call helped Auburn eliminate their team from the SEC Tournament, and Joakim Noah was as angry as anyone about it.
With the Gators trailing 65-62 and the final seconds ticking off the clock, freshman Andrew Nembhard dribbled up the court and tried to toss up a desperation three-pointer that could have sent the game to overtime. It looked like there was plenty of contact from Auburn defenders, but the whistle never blew.
No foul on this..
Auburn beats Florida, 65-62, to advance in the SEC tourney pic.twitter.com/JAeT4YFkNi
— Bleacher Report CBB (@br_CBB) March 16, 2019
Noah, who won two championships at Florida before he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, was asked for his thoughts on the way Saturday’s game ended. He did not hold back.
“Bulls—. F—in bulls—,” Noah told SB Nation’s Matt Ellentuck. “They cant fine me. It’s the NCAA. That’s f—ed up.”
Referees are always more hesitant to blow the whistle in situations where it could decide the outcome of the game, but it sure looked like Nembhard was fouled. That would have created a separate debate about whether or not he was in the act of shooting, but a foul should have been called. Noah and others have a right to be angry.
New York Knicks fans sent a message to Joakim Noah during the forward’s return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Noah was booed when he checked into the game for the Memphis Grizzlies late in the first quarter.
Joakim gets showered with boos in his return to The Garden
Reminder: Knicks owe him $37M pic.twitter.com/Rq2s15AJeH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 3, 2019
The boos make plenty of sense. Noah was signed to a 4-year, $72 million deal with the Knicks in 2016. He was suspended for PEDs in his first season; fought with Jeff Hornacek in his second; and he was waived via the stretch provision prior to his third season. He played just 53 games for them and hardly made a difference.
Noah has played in 25 games for the Grizzlies this season and is averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. The Knicks are still paying him over $6 million each of the next three seasons. You can understand why the fans are booing him.
It’s safe to say the New York Knicks don’t care much for Joakim Noah.
Two and a half years after the team signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal, team president Steve Mills admitted that he never should have been signed and hinted that he was bad for the team’s culture.
On Joakim Noah intimating he may have partied too much as a Knick, president Steve Mills says: “Had it been just my decision I don’t know that I would have signed him. There was a reason why we thought that (waiving/stretching) was the best thing for the culture…. of our team.”
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 21, 2018
Mills was actually the team’s general manager when Noah was signed, but he was acting under the direction of then-president Phil Jackson. Mills is making it quite clear that Noah was a Jackson signing — or trying to deflect blame for the disastrous contract.
Noah wasn’t too enamored with his time in New York, either. It’s best for everyone that they’ve moved on.
- Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah was waived by the New York Knicks more than a month ago, and the veteran big man has finally found a new home.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Noah has agreed to a one-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. The deal will be for the veteran’s minimum.
Noah will travel to Memphis on Sunday and sign his one-year deal with the Grizzlies early next week, league sources said. Memphis (12-8) has targeted Noah as backup center all season. https://t.co/zOMqRi2mnj
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 30, 2018
Noah, 33, is nowhere near the impact player he used to be, and he played in just seven games with the Knicks last season. His time with the franchise came to a rather ugly end, so it’s possible a fresh start could invigorate him if he’s healthy. From the Grizzlies standpoint, there wasn’t much risk in signing a player who has the potential to provide decent depth for their 12-8 team.
Joakim Noah appears to be ready to find a new home.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Memphis Grizzlies are in talks to sign Noah, who has been available since being waived by the New York Knicks on Oct. 13.
The Grizzlies are in talks with free agent big man Joakim Noah to sign the former Knick, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 19, 2018
There have been "extensive discussions" between the Grizzlies and Noah in recent days, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 19, 2018
The Grizzlies are off to a 10-5 start, so Noah will at least be able to join a team that has some ambition of making something of their season. Still, at this stage of his career, he’s little more than a depth option, and that’s likely the role he’ll be asked to play in Memphis as long as the deal is completed.