Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the New York Knicks who are said to be targeting Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah in the upcoming free agency.
Based on a previous report, Joakim Noah expressed his desire to leave the Chicago Bulls because he has lost faith in the franchise’s front office. Remembering in the recent season, Bulls’ head coach Fred Hoiberg decided to remove Noah from the starting lineup and worked out his production off the bench.
The Bulls are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. In the middle of the controversy, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson expressed his desire to pursue Joakim Noah and he believes that the 6-foot-11 center can be a great addition on their front court.
According to Howard Beck of the Bleacher Report, Knicks president Phil Jackson will pursue Joakim Noah once he becomes a free agent.
LRT: If Noah's leaving Bulls, expect Knicks to make a strong pitch. Phil Jackson and Noah have a rapport. And Noah has NY roots.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 25, 2016
If the New York Knicks succeed to sign him in free agency, Noah will be joining Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony in the Knicks’ frontcourt. His great performance in the defensive end can be a huge factor to make him fit for the Knicks’ roster. If not with his past injuries, Joakim Noah can still be considered one of the best big men in the league.
Joakim Noah has won the Defensive Player of the Year and included in the All-NBA First Team in 2014. Noah is not the type of player who demands the ball which makes him a good tandem with nine-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. He also has the ability to pass from the high post and can score when needed.
However, the decision would still be in Noah’s hands since there were reports contradicting his desire to leave the Chicago Bulls. K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reported that Noah’s agent said that there has been no indication that Noah will not return to the team.