The New York Knicks are looking to trade Mindaugas Kuzminskas to open up room for Joakim Noah, according to a report from ESPN.
Noah is returning from a 20-game suspension for using a banned substance.
Per ESPN: “The interest level in Kuzminskas, who hasn’t been part of the Knicks’ rotation this season, is unclear. It’s worth noting that Kuzminskas, 28, was productive when given minutes last season (he averaged 6.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists in 15 minutes per game) and that he had a strong showing for Lithuania in the European Championships.”
The Knicks have surprised their way to a 5-4 start, one season after trading former star Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City.
“Of course, trading Noah, who has three years remaining on a four-year, $72 million contract, is an option, though a highly unlikely one,” wrote Ian Begley of ESPN. “New York has made Noah available in conversations with several teams since the end of last season, per league sources, but hasn’t found a suitable deal. Noah, 32, averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games for the Knicks. He missed time due to several injuries and underwent knee surgery midway through the season.”