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After practice incident, Knicks exploring ways to part with Joakim Noah

30 January 2018

Noah has been away from the team since last Thursday due to what sources describe as a lengthy disconnect between he and Knicks coaches, including head coach Jeff Hornacek. Now, the Knicks are "exploring avenues" for Noah, Yahoo Sports reported. He played in just 46 games past year before undergoing season-ending knee surgery and then received a 20-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy. A buyout remains a possibility but that would require one of the sides to budge.

Joakim Noah's future with the New York Knicks is uncertain, to say the least. If the Knicks were to find a team to take Noah, they likely would have to take back another bad contract.

In January, ESPN reported that the Lakers - who are seeking to open up cap space for two max contracts this summer - were having trouble moving Luol Deng, who also signed a four-year, $72 million contract in the summer of 2016.

There was a time when any team in the league would have loved to have Joakim Noah on their roster. His production and durability doesn't make him a particularly trade asset to begin with, but Noah still has two years and $37 million remaining on his contract after this season In a summer when few teams are projected to have cap space, taking on Noah's contract would be a deal-killer for nearly every team. Noah still believes he can provide legitimate minutes for somebody out there, though his time in NY hasn't offered much validation.

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Unless Noah changes his mind, this would be a roadblock to any buyout agreement between the veteran center and the Knicks.

Now, less than two full years into the deal, it's getting worse for the Knicks.

While the organization would love to trade the 32-year-old before the February 8 deadline, it won't be easy to convince another team to take on more than $37 million over the next two years. With virtually no trade value, the Knicks will have to sacrifice a young asset or draft pick if they want to make a deal.

Noah has fallen behind Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez on the depth chart at center, leaving him to play just 40 minutes the whole year.

After practice incident, Knicks exploring ways to part with Joakim Noah