Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Knicks Release Joakim Noah; Still Owes Him $38 Million

Joakim Noah Joakim Noah Michael Reaves Getty Images
Cassandra Castillo | 13 October, 2018, 23:07

The New York Knicks' relationship with Joakim Noah has come to a close.

NY will waive and stretch Noah.

But Noah had begun battling injuries and already was in decline by the time former Knicks President Phil Jackson gave him a $72 million, four-year contract, and Noah could never regain his old form.

Noah underwent knee surgery in February of his first season with the team, and just one month later was hit with a 20-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

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Noah's tenure in NY was a tumultuous one, marred by injuries and a suspension.

The former Defensive Player of the Year was still owed $38 million over the next two seasons.

Noah has yet to receive traction on an open roster spot elsewhere in the National Basketball Association and has been resistant to leaving money on the table. The two-time All-Star will be paid the full $18.5 million owed to him in 2018-19, then have the $19.3 million owed in 2019-20 stretched into even payments over the next three seasons.

The former Chicago Bulls centre averaged 4.6 points and 7.9 rebounds with NY.

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