With the free agency underway, Joakim Noah, and the New York Knicks are rumored to be close to a deal that will have him join former Bulls teammate Derrick Rose and form a solid frontcourt together with Carmelo Anthony.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, sources with the knowledge of the deal stated that the Knicks are set to finalize a $70 million offer for Noah to join their roster for next season. It was noted that Noah is on his way to Orlando to meet with Knicks president Phil Jackson, Friday morning to discuss the finality of the deal. If Noah agrees to the deal, he would be hitting two birds with one stone, and that is playing for his hometown and reuniting with Rose as well.
Together they form a solid roster with Noah and Kristap Porzings taking care of the shaded area while Rose and Anthony take care of the backcourt. With Noah, the Knicks could expect a good defender and rim protector as he was once named as NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. He may have suffered injuries, with his shoulders as the latest, but he managed to get back into action and bent on defending other big men in the league.
He is maybe averaging 4.3 points per game, but he has been a great rebounder with 8.8 rebounds and averages 1.0 blocks per game. But what is noticeable with Noah is his leadership skills both in and out of the floor. Noah was under the radar of the Knicks after they sent Robin Lopez to the Bulls in the Rose trade. Now that they are close to finalizing the deal with Noah, the Knicks will have to fill in the remaining slots left on their roster and that includes a steady point guard.
Sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley that the Knicks are going after Austin Rivers, Evan Turner, Eric Gordon, and Courtney Lee to fill in the needed void in the position that coach Jeff Hornacek has given emphasis on. However, if the Knicks agree to Noah’s numbers, they will have roughly $14 million to work with in getting an experienced playmaker.
With the turnout of things, the Knicks has already abandoned their plans of pursuing Kevin Durant. Once the deal with Noah is agreed upon by both parties, then the Knicks will move on to signing either a point guard or a shooting guard. And it looks like the Knicks are looking at Rivers as their next target.
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