It looks like Joakim Noah is heading home to NY.
The NBA's free agency period will officially being tomorrow, July 1st, but there are already some deals in place, one of which appears to be Joakim Noah signing with the New York Knicks.
According to multiple outlets, many potential suitors for Noah believe it's a certainty that he'll be reunited with Derrick Rose in his hometown of NYC, at a price of $18 million per year.
Under the new salary cap, free agents are going to be getting a lot more money than they're probably worth, so the $18 million a year really isn't as outrageous as it sounds. That said, the 31-year old center is coming off a year where he only played in 29 games, and the year before that he averaged just 7.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
But let's be real, the Knicks aren't signing Noah to score the ball- they need a guy to be tenacious on the glass and protect the rim with the ferocity of a pizza rat. And, considering Noah is coming off roughly 10 months of rest, it's not entirely ridiculous to think he can do just that. Again, we're being optimistic here.
Some people have already written him off but Knicks fans need to be hopeful that he still has some gas left in the tank. $18 million worth of gas.
The phrasing tends to be the same from every team we ask with Joakim Noah interest: We don't have a chance because the Knicks are his choice— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2016
Source says Joakim Noah-#Knicks meeting will be Friday in the day - not at the midnight hour.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 30, 2016