The New York Knicks are set to sign Joakim Noah for $18 million a year salary in free agency. Knicks president Phil Jackson and company also acquired Derrick Rose in a multiplayer deal with the Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks were considering an upgrade of their back-court as a topmost priority to rebuild this summer. Noah, a New York City product, and the son of former French tennis star Yannick Noah, is set to reunite with Derrick Rose in his hometown, revealed multiple sources.
Shams Charania of the Vertical reported that the free agent center will be meeting Knicks’ president Phil Jackson after July 1 midnight.
The Knicks shipped Robin Lopez to Chicago in Derrick Rose trade. The message was clear, they were eyeing a big-man in the center position to play alongside Kristaps Porzingis.
Derrick Rose was also trying to recruit his former team-mate to the Knicks since landing in New York, as reported by the Sports Rageous on Saturday.
“Oh, I want him. He knows that. I think his family knows that ” The former MVP said Friday at his Knicks intro. “Even last night, I was talking to him about it. He’s in a position where he got injured twice last year, it was his contract year and he has to figure out what he wants to do.”
31-year-old Noah only played 29 games for the Bulls last season before sustaining a shoulder injury which sidelined him. He averaged 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, as reported by the Washington Post. The veteran center joined the Bulls during 2007 NBA Draft via a pick swap from the Eddy Curry trade.
Both Noah and Pau Gasol were expected to leave Chicago this summer. Noah is expected to sign for New York once free agency starts. The Bulls, on the other side, are rebuilding around a young roster led by all-star and Olympian Jimmy Butler under head coach Fred Hoiberg.
The Knicks won the tug-of-war with the Washington Wizards regarding roping in the star center. Noah was also on the radar of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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