In an age where teams have gotten somewhat smarter (besides Michael Jordan's Hornets) about not throwing money around like Jordan Belfort, Noah's deal has been so bad that some have argued it's the team's worst ever. He makes too much money, he can't play anymore and the Knicks would have to include too many other assets in the deal to get a team to take on the contract.
Whether it's through trade (unlikely), through a buyout or stretch (probably the best course of action) or even just through offering unlimited sick days for the next three months, we've probably seen the last of Joakim Noah in a Knicks uniform.
Buyout: Noah would have to be willing to sacrifice a portion of what he's owed between this season and the final two years of his contract.
The officially stated reason for Noah's absence from the Knicks' last two games was "personal reasons". It's not clear when - or if - he will return to the team. Another unappealing option: the Knicks can waive Noah via the stretch exception after the season, which would cut New York's cap hit in half per year but spread it out over a longer period of time.More news: 95 dead and 163 wounded in huge explosion in Afghanistan capital
The Knicks aggressively have investigated trades, but with Noah due $18.5 million next season and $19.295 million in 2019-20, a trade partner could be virtually impossible to find.
After just under two years of turmoil, Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks could be headed towards and ugly split.
Now, less than two full years into the deal, it's getting worse for the Knicks. GM Scott Perry said earlier in the season he did not want to do that, as he liked having Noah's veteran presence around.
Noah has appeared in just seven games and has averaged just 5.7 minutes in those outings.More news: Fitness model Jen Selter kicked off Miami flight by police
While the organization would love to trade the 32-year-old before the February 8 deadline, it won't be easy to convince another team to take on more than $37 million over the next two years.
Noah missed the first 12 games of the season because of a PED suspension and was cut out of the rotation.
Noah has fallen from grace in NY, however, and is now being excluded from a rotation that features Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn in center.More news: Five killed in US shooting at car wash 'sparked by domestic dispute'
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