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Report: Knicks Expected To Sever Ties With Joakim Noah By Next Week

October 09, 2018 - 2:52 pm
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By WFAN.com

The saga between the Knicks and Joakim Noah may finally be coming to an end.

According to the Daily News' Stefan Bondy, the Knicks are expected to waive the veteran center if they can't trade him by Monday, the deadline for setting the regular-season roster.

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Noah has been exiled from the Knicks since he and then-coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly got into a physical altercation in January.

A two-time All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year with the Chicago Bulls, Noah has been a colossal disappointment since signing a four-year, $72.6 million contract with the Knicks in June 2016.

The Knicks would love to trade Noah to wipe his albatross of a contract from the books. If they cannot find a taker, however, they would likely use the NBA's stretch provision to buy out the remaining two years and $37.8 million. That would spread out the salary-cap pain into smaller hits over the next three years, including freeing up $13 million in cap space for next summer's free agency.

Noah appeared in just seven games last season and averaged 5.7 minutes in those outings. Injuries and a suspension for using a banned supplement limited him to just 46 games in 2016-17, when he averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds. 

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His dispute with Hornacek was reportedly over his lack of playing time.

The Daily News reported that waiving Noah would create a roster spot for forward Noah Vonleh, whom the Knicks signed to a nonguaranteed contract in July.