The Washington Wizards are prepared to pitch a major offer for Bulls’ center Joakim Noah in free agency. Derrick Rose is also trying to recruit his former teammate Noah to the New York Knicks.
The Wizards will offer Noah a full maximum contract which could start at $26.6 million, according to league sources. The veteran center is recovering from a shoulder surgery that ended his season in January.
Noah is expected to leave Chicago this summer after the Bulls traded Derrick Rose to New York for center Robin Lopez. A source revealed that the 31-year-old has no intentions to re-sign with the Bulls and is determined to move on this offseason.
The New York Knicks, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves are also ready to pitch major offers to the Bulls’ center, according to the Sporting News. Noah featured in only 29 games for Chicago before sustaining a shoulder injury which sidelined him.
Derrick Rose is trying to recruit Joakim Noah to Knicks
The Wizards are going to face fierce challenge from the Knicks in the free agency race to acquire Noah. The Knicks have roped in Derrick Rose and the former Bulls’ guard is very close to the 31-year-old center. Phil Jackson has created vacancy at the center position by shipping Robin Lopez to Chicago in the Rose trade and can offer Noah a starting role in New York.
Rose and Noah were seen hanging out together late Thursday at the 1Oak club in Manhattan, as reports the New York Post.
“Oh, I want him. He knows that. I think his family knows that,” Rose 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.”
The 6-foot-11 star is a New York City product and is the son of former French tennis star Yannick Noah. Phil Jackson admires Noah’s tenacity and leadership quality. The Knicks’ president feels that the center would fit well in the triangle.
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