The Knicks Reportedly Plan On Waiving Joakim Noah Before The Season

That hasn't changed this offseason, as the Knicks haven't been willing to trade future assets in a salary dump and haven't come close to finding a deal, according to the report. One is to keep Noah and allow him to eat up a massive amount of cap space and a roster spot for the next two years, while not even really being a part of the team.

"The New York Knicks remain unlikely to reincorporate exiled center Joakim Noah into the team under new coach David Fizdale and still plan to part ways with the veteran big man before training camp, league sources told ESPN". Last season, he was limited to just seven games and he put up 1.7 points and 2.0 boards in 5.7 minutes. Stretching his contract after September 1 costs the Knicks $6.4 million in cap space in the summers of 2020 and 2021.

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Noah, 33, has two years and $37.8 million left on his deal. Noah was cast out after a practice incident with Jeff Hornacek last January, making a return hard while Hornacek was the coach. The sides announced a "mutually" agreed upon indefinite leave for Noah on February 2, which he never returned from.

In doing so, the team would still have to pay Noah because he has compensation protection in his deal, but they could lessen the cap hit on the team's salary by stretching his deal out.

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This is all assuming the Knicks are unable to find a trade partner for Noah, who has played just 53 games in two years with NY.

The presence of incumbent starter Enes Kanter, the re-signing of Luke Kornet and the drafting of Mitchell Robinson, who was wildly impressive in the Summer League, most likely made the decision to pursue a separation from Noah much easier than it could have been for the Knicks.

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