According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, center Joakim Noah is expected to part ways with the New York Knicks.
Sources: The Knicks and center Joakim Noah are expected to part ways before training camp; team has continued to work trade calls, although waiving and stretching Noah's contract looms as a route.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 14, 2018
The former Chicago Bull signed a four-year deal worth over $72 million dollars with the Knicks in the 2016 offseason. However, injuries have played a part in why Noah has missed 111 games over the last two seasons. The two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t played up to the level of his contract. While the Knicks seem to be making an effort to trade him, no one is going to want the last two years of his current deal (no one except Tom Thibodeau.)
Many NBA fans have speculated that if Noah was to part ways with the Knicks, the Minnesota Timberwolves would be the top free agent destination for him. This would mean he’d be teaming up with his former teammates Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Aaron Brooks, and Taj Gibson.
In addition to that, it would be a reunion with the recently signed Luol Deng and head coach Tom Thibodeau. Their best season as Chicago Bulls came in 2010-11 where they finished with the best record in the NBA (62-20) and made it to the eastern conference finals. However, a lot of things have changed a lot since that season.
Derrick Rose is not the MVP he once was and Luol Deng is coming off of a Los Angeles Lakers tenure where he played in 53 games over two seasons. Despite that, Deng managed to make over $35 million over that stretch because the Lakers gave him a four-year, $72 million contract during the cap spike offseason in 2016. The Lakers and Deng agreed to a buyout leading to Deng reuniting with all of his former Bulls colleagues.
Overall, the Timberbulls nickname is almost ready to be trademarked. Acquiring Joakim Noah from the New York Knicks would be like (spoiler alert if you haven’t watched Avengers: Infinity War) Thanos getting six fragile and broken infinity stones. After all, the NBA world needs another meme team to go along with the current Los Angeles Lakers.