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[NBA] Rumor: Warriors, Thunder And Timberwolves Go After Joakim Noah


◼️ The Knicks must cut him before March 1 so he can play the playoffs with another team. Ilyasova is also in a similar situation.


After the injury that put the end point to the season of Kristaps Porzingis and the transfer of Willy Hernangómez to the Hornets, something has become clear in the Knicks: there will be no reconciliation between the franchise and Joakim Noah. The player has been separated from the discipline of the team for almost a month after a heated discussion with Jeff Hornacek. This occurred during a training of the franchise in Denver, although now we have known that came motivated by what happened a day earlier during the match against the Warriors in the Oracle.


The journalist Frank Isola (New York Daily News) details in an article published on Friday that the coaching staff told him he would play given the physical problems that dragged Porzingis and Kyle O'Quinn. Despite this warning, Noah did not jump to the floor until the last quarter to finish disputing something less than 5 minutes. Returning to the bench before that last period was what really bothered the French, reveals Isola.

The decision of the New Yorkers is immovable with respect to the player, whose environment has already made it clear that his intention is none other than to continue playing (tomorrow will be 33 years old). Once the market close is over, the only way that Noah can enroll in another team this year is by terminating his contract to become a free agent. Here's the big problem and why the Knicks didn't find a destination for him: the 54 million dollars guaranteed until June 2020.

In order to play in the playoffs, he needs to be cut off the team before next March 1. This is the deadline for the team and the player to reach an agreement (buy out) to free him from his contract. The key is to know the number that the French international is willing to forgive for this, since, as indicated by Isola himself, from the front office of Madison they are not willing to release him without a prior reduction.


If both parties understood each other, we would come across the following scenario. Which teams with aspirations could bet on a player who has played a total of 40 minutes spread over 7 matches so far this season? Because of the information that the journalist handles, it gives the impression that brides will not miss him for the one that was Better Defender in 2014 and twice all star. Among the list of contenders poke three heavyweights: Warriors, Thunder and Timberwolves.

The Minnesota option is taken for granted given the ties that bind the pivot with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Noah reached his best performance working for the technician. Nor would it go wrong to return to the orders of Billy Donovan, under whose command he was NCAA champion with the University of Florida in 2006 and 2007. In addition, OKC would not be bad to welcome a veteran who can help out. defending. Precisely their experience, intimidation back and understanding of the game could serve in some Warriors that are not satisfied with the performance of their pivots (Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee) this course.

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