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According to a new report, New York Knicks center Joakim Noah will not be pursued by Tom Thibodeau and his Minnesota TimberBulls.
“Word is (the Timberwolves) have no current plans to pursue Noah should Noah part ways with the Knicks in the near future as expected,” Marc Stein of The New York Times reported.
This is news because Noah once played for the Bulls, when Thibodeau was coach. Thibodeau is now the man in charge of personnel, and head coach, of the Timberwolves.
Along with trading for swingman Jimmy Butler and signing power forward Taj Gibson before last season, the Timberwolves brought in point guard Derrick Rose in February and just signed small forward Luol Deng. All played for Thibodeau when the Bulls were an Eastern Conference contender earlier this decade.
Only Butler is still a star. Gibson is still Gibson, and Rose is clinging to his once-dominant career. Deng appeared in one game for the Los Angeles Lakers (the first) last season, then never set foot on the court again.
And Noah has bombed with the Knicks since signing a four-year contract worth $72 million in 2016. The Knicks are struggling mightily to figure out a way to get rid of him. Since a trade is out of the question, a buyout would be the only thing that makes sense.
But luckily for T-Wolves fans, Noah apparently will end up somewhere else next season — if anywhere in the NBA at all.
The 6-foot-11 is now 33-years old. He appeared in just seven games last season and averaged less than two points.
The Timberwolves are coming off a 47-35 finish, good enough for the eighth seed in the West. They lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.