Knicks still plan to part ways with Noah

Joakim Noah won't be back with the Knicks.

The New York Knicks remain unlikely to retain center Joakim Noah and still plan to part ways with him before training camp, according to a report from ESPN.

The Knicks have been unable to find a trade partner for Noah, who has two years and $38 million left on his deal. New York will likely use the NBA’s waive-and-stretch provision to release Noah sometime after September 1, per the report.

Noah signed a four-year, $72 million free-agent deal with the Knicks in 2016 after spending the first nine years of his career with the Chicago Bulls. The former Defensive Player of the Year got into a heated argument with ex-coach Jeff Hornacek in 2017-18 and that turned out to be the conclusion of Noah’s brief tenure with the Knicks.

In 46 games with the Knicks, Noah has averaged just 4.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. The 33-year-old hasn’t been the same player since undergoing a knee procedure in the summer of 2014 when he was still with the Bulls.

In February 2017, the NBA suspended Noah 20 games for taking a banned substance – a suspension that cost him the first 12 games of the 2017-18 season. The two-time All-Star has career averages of 8.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 625 NBA games.