Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

New York Knicks waive Joakim Noah

New York Knicks waive Joakim Noah

The Knicks waived center Joakim Noah on Saturday, two seasons after signing him to a 4-year, $72 million contract in July 2016. By waiving Noah via the stretch provision, the Knicks are spreading out his remaining salary over more years with less of an annual cap hit. The Knicks had hoped to trade him but no deal materialized, so they put the centre on waivers Saturday.

Along with the injuries, he also beefed with then-head coach Jeff Hornacek, and was essentially exiled from the team.

It's the end of a brief and unsuccessful era in NY.

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According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, shortly before the news was officially announced, Noah had been resistant to a buyout because there are no teams expected to add him to their rosters.

He was unable to regain his rotation spot once he was eligible to return and didn't play again following his argument with Hornacek after playing 4½ minutes in a loss at Golden State on January 23.

The No. 9 overall pick by the Bulls in 2007, Noah averaged 8.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his 11-year career. Noah's $18.5 salary is still penciled in the Knicks' books for this 2018-19 season.

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