How the Knicks can navigate Joakim Noah's albatross contract

How the Knicks can navigate Joakim Noah's albatross contract

How the Knicks can navigate Joakim Noah's albatross contract

The veteran forward and Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek had at least one heated argument that led to Noah's indefinite leave, .

Shortly after Hornacek departed, a report from Yahoo Sports - later confirmed by a league source - surfaced that Noah and Hornacek had a nasty exchange in practice last Wednesday. In the year and a half that he's suited up for the franchise, Noah has appeared in 53 total games for a myriad of reasons.

The officially stated reason for Noah's absence from the Knicks' last two games was "personal reasons". Otherwise, they may be forced to cut Noah outright.

Per Charania, the Knicks are unsure if Noah will rejoin the team, and are considering the possibility of buying him out if it's unable to trade him. It's basically impossible to envision a team trading for Noah. His production and durability doesn't make him a particularly trade asset to begin with, but Noah still has two years and $37 million remaining on his contract after this season In a summer when few teams are projected to have cap space, taking on Noah's contract would be a deal-killer for nearly every team. Sources told ESPN that Noah has no inclination to give up a significant amount of guaranteed money in a potential buyout.

The Knicks aggressively have investigated trades, but with Noah due $18.5 million next season and $19.295 million in 2019-20, a trade partner could be virtually impossible to find.

Unless Noah changes his mind, this would be a roadblock to any buyout agreement between the veteran center and the Knicks.

Noah, who has two years remaining on his four-year, $72 million contract he signed with the Knicks in 2016, also won't play against the Nets on Tuesday, according to The News.

Trade other centers:?Opposing teams have expressed interest in centers Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez ahead of the February 8 trade deadline. He's been the Knicks' fourth-string center behind Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez.

Injuries and a suspension for using a banned supplement limited him to just 46 games last season, when he averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds.

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