New York Expected To Pay Big Money To Noah – June 30

Since the salary cap is rising for the 2016-17 season, organizations will begin to throw money at whoever they feel can fit into their team. Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reported that the New York Knicks are expected to sign Noah to a contract that’s worth roughly $18 million per year since they had earlier stated that they’re “desperate” for a starting center.

Not only is there mutual interest from both sides, but Noah was also born in New York, and the Knicks recently acquired Derrick Rose, a teammate of Noah’s in Chicago. Marc Spears of ESPN noted how Noah “loves his hometown [New York] dearly & dreams of playing for [the Knicks],” and already has a rapport with President Phil Jackson.

 

Knicks Interested In Noah – June 26

It’s been reported that the New York Knicks have Joakim Noah as their top target in free agency. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are “desperate for a starting center” and have shown increasing interest in Noah because of that. It appears that the Knicks are doing everything in their power to regain relevancy after a horrible collapse in the second half of the past season, and filling in the hole in the frontcourt would be a step in the right direction.

They acquired Derrick Rose from the Bulls recently in a five-man trade and are looking to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency as well. Ian Begley of ESPN has also reported that Dwight Howard has shown interest in the Knicks and he can find himself in a blue and orange uniform should Joakim Noah decline.

Related: Knicks acquire Derrick Rose in five-player deal

Noah Upset With Bulls Organization – May 26

When Chicago was a powerhouse in the East not too long ago, Joakim Noah was a major part of their offensive attack and suffocating defense. With free agency looming, Noah reportedly said to a fellow teammate that he would be leaving the organization this summer, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago-Sun Times. 

The anonymous source cited a lot of distrust between the players and front office. Moreover, it appears the team doesn’t think that the executives will make the right decision to better the team. Bill Duffy, Noah’s agent, however, has said that the 31-year-old big man hasn’t indicated to him that he wants to leave. Duffy told the Chicago Tribune that “Joakim and I speak on daily [sic] about his future. There has been zero indication he doesn’t wish to return to Bulls.” He continued by saying that Noah “has great respect for the city, the fans and the organization.”

Joakim is coming off his worst year as a pro, but being limited to just 29 games, and the arrival of Pau Gasol, didn’t help. He underwent a shoulder procedure, effectively ending a season that saw him start just two games and put up career-low numbers. At the time of the surgery, he was averaging just 21.9 minutes per game, 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.

Noah’s patience with the team might be waning thin, despite reports of the Bulls making him “a high priority this summer.”

The good news for prospective teams is that Noah can still be a valuable asset. Outside of being relentless defensively and on the glass, he’s an underrated passer along with being an emotional leader.