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Report: Knicks Likely To Waive Noah In September

August 09, 2018 - 10:05 am


The New York Knicks are expected to cut ties with veteran center Joakim Noah before the start of training camp.

Noah is likely to be released under the NBA’s waive-and-stretch provision if the Knicks cannot find a trade partner for him, ESPN reported, citing league sources.

Noah still has two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract, though by waiving the big man, the Knicks can spread his remaining pay across a three-year span.

The Knicks have been trying to deal Noah, 33, since prior to February’s trade deadline, though the team has been reluctant to include viable assets to get a trade done.

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By stretching Noah’s contract after Aug. 31, the Knicks would save $12.9 million toward the salary cap for this season, though it would cost them $6.4 million in cap space in the 2020 and 2021 offseasons.

Noah’s relationship with the Knicks soured after a heated altercation in January with then-coach Jeff Hornacek. Noah was sent home and has not played for the team since.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract in July 2016.

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A two-time All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year as a member of the Chicago Bulls, Noah has failed to contribute consistently in a Knicks uniform. He was also suspended in February 2017 for 20 games for violating the NBA’s substance-abuse policy.

Last season, Noah averaged 1.7 points, 2 rebounds and 5.7 rebounds in just seven games.