NBA rumors are now swirling the Los Angeles Lakers who are reportedly targeting the Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah in the upcoming off-season.
According to a report from ESPN, Joakim Noah was not happy with how Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg used him the 2015-16 NBA season where most of the time he was only coming off the bench. Noah had only played 29 games since he suffered from injury.
However, reports are saying that the Chicago Bulls main priority in the off-season is to sign Noah. Noah spent nine years of his career in the Chicago Bulls and his outstanding leadership with the team is a great factor to their success. According to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald:
“It was mentioned here a few weeks ago how much Noah’s absence contributed to the Bulls’ second-half slide. The Bulls apparently agree and have decided to make re-signing Noah a high priority this summer, according to a team source.”
Still, the decision is in the hands of Noah if he will re-sign or not with his current team. There are other teams who are ready to throw tons of money and give a more playing time that he was having with the Bulls. One of the teams that are said to be targeting Noah is the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since the end of the Kobe Bryant era, the Lakers are already undergoing a rebuilding process including looking for the next franchise player of the team. They are planning to build their roster with their young cores, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, and with the superstar that they will be grabbing in the free agency market.
Joakim Noah will be a great addition to the Lakers knowing his leadership ability and dominance under the basket. Also, if the Lakers succeed to sign him, they are still capable of signing another superstar even if the player will be demanding a max contract.
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