Knicks Rumors: Joakim Noah, Kent Bazemore top targets; New York as East contenders next season

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The New York Knicks acquired point guard Derrick Rose in an earlier trade in the 2016 offseason. New Knicks rumors this week has the Big Apple team linked to center Joakim Noah and shooting guard Kent Bazemore. Are the Knicks moving all-in this offseason to be legit players in the Eastern Conference in the next NBA season?

According to Yahoo Sports, Noah is set to meet with Knicks president Phil Jackson when free agency officially opens July 1.

Other Knicks rumors state that New York is the frontrunner in getting Noah. Other teams linked to the veteran big man are the Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors. However, the Knicks recently acquired Rose from Chicago and that could play a factor in Noah’s decision in free agency.

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Noah is coming off a controversial year with the Bulls as he criticized the coaching staff and management with his role as a bench player in many reports. In the 2015-2016 NBA Season, Noah averaged career-lows of 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29 games in an injury-filled year.

With his unhappiness in Chicago, Noah was expected to search for other teams in the 2016 free agency.

Kent Bazemore was a core player for the Atlanta Hawks who averaged 11.6 points per game last season. The Knicks are looking for a starting shooting guard and Bazemore with his three-point shooting could be a good fit.

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Knicks rumors has Joakim Noah as one of their targets, but would it be a good idea for the team to give him a large contract at this point of his career? Noah is already 31 years old and has suffered various injuries the last two seasons. Can he return to the form that made him one of the best big men in the league and help Rose and Carmelo Anthony bring back the Knicks to the playoffs?

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