Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Knicks exploring options to part with Joakim Noah

Knicks exploring options to part with Joakim Noah

No one provided details on what the session was about, but a good bet was Hornacek switched to conversations about Joakim Noah and the options facing the Knicks in their quest for a possible divorce from the 32-year-old veteran. Amid the recent news of his blow-up with head coach Jeff Hornacek, sources told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick that Noah's issue was rooted in a promise that never came to fruition. Sports' Shams Charania reported Monday, NBA citing sources.

Knicks center Joakim Noah looks on during a time out against the Bulls at the United Center on December 27, 2017 in Chicago.

Noah played in just 46 games in 2016-17 after signing with his hometown franchise, undergoing season-ending knee surgery in February and then receiving a 20-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

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The Knicks declined to elaborate other than saying Noah is gone for "personal reasons". He missed New York's next two games - the loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday and the win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday. It's basically impossible to envision a team trading for Noah.

Per Charania, the Knicks are unsure if Noah will rejoin the team, and are considering the possibility of buying him out if it's unable to trade him. Noah was unhappy that he only played four minutes and 31 seconds on Tuesday against the Warriors when the Knicks were without Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O'Quinn.

NY fans don't want to hear it, but Twitter is aflame with basketball pundits everywhere saying, "I told you so".

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Of course, the Knicks would like to get out of Noah's contract.

Trading Noah, 32, would be the Knicks' first option, but his pact makes it hard. The two sides have not yet discussed a buyout. Otherwise, they may be forced to cut Noah outright. It was a four-year, $72 million deal for a player who had suited up for just 29 games the previous season. Noah still believes he can provide legitimate minutes for somebody out there, though his time in NY hasn't offered much validation.

Noah has fallen from grace in NY, however, and is now being excluded from a rotation that features Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn in center.

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