NBA Rumors: Timberwolves getting serious on Joakim Noah, planning a Joakim Noah-Tom Thibodeau reunion?

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NBA rumors are swirling around the basketball circle that Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau wants to have a least one familiar face to his new team. The new Minnesota head coach is planning to pursue free-agent Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah this summer, a reliable source told the Sporting New.

Noah will become a free agent this offseason, and despite the former Florida Gator’s star isn’t at his peak anymore, he could still draw lots of attention. Noah’s current NBA team, the Chicago Bulls, wants to keep him but the Minnesota is also interested in him.

Sources said that Thibodeau is keen on signing on Joakim Noah, who is an unrestricted free agent and has an interest in leaving Chicago and re-joining Thibodeau. When they were playing together in Chicago Bulls, Noah developed some sort of bonding with his former head coach and has managed to grow under Thibodeau, finishing fourth in the MVP voting in 2013-14.

The 6-foot 11-inch, 232 pounds Chicago Bulls center is known as one of the best defensive big men in the league. In fact, Noah has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2014, but his defensive impact was limited last season after a shoulder injury limited him to 29 games. At Bulls, he averaged 9.3 points and 9.4 total rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have one of the most intriguing rosters in the NBA that promises great potential. With newly hired head coach, the former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and good mixed of young and old players, a lot of people expect it to improve in near future and become a playoff team.

But the Timberwolves have one big flaw in the court, its older players are not doing enough work on the court. Tayshaun Prince has proved to be ineffective while its big man Kevin Garnett is still on the injury list. And that exactly where Joakim Noah comes in, to provide some veteran leadership on board. According to Sporting News, the Minnesota, with the help of their new coach Tom Thibodeau, has now thrown a plan on pursuing the Chicago Bulls center. Reports said that the team is preparing a pitch for Noah this summer, and it’s now in hot pursuit of its target.

The 31-years-old center has spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, where he played under Tom Thibodeau from 2010 to 2015. At that time, Noah was seen as the heart and soul of the Chicago Bulls. Thibodeau knows him very well in and out of the court, so the former Bulls coach will have no problem dealing with him once he gets on board.

The former Florida Gator is likely to have a key role in the new Minnesota team considering the new coach Thibodeau loves defense, which is what Noah does train for. Noah won’t be the most coveted free agent on the market today, but Noah will still draw lots of attention the court and become one of the most interesting players to watch next season.

The Minnesota currently has some uncertainty in their front court, with key player Kevin Garnett potentially retiring due to injury problems. So this could be the right time to make an invite for Noah and bring him on board. The fans will definitely love to see this, a reunion of Joakim Noah and Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota Timberwolves.

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