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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah left the team indefinitely last week after getting into a heated verbal exchange with head coach Jeff Hornacek and won’t be back with the franchise until further notice — a Knicks team official said.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports, the Knicks have ramped up their efforts to trade Noah, with no success since the 32-year-old has one of the NBA’s most untradeable contracts.
Noah signed a lucrative four-year, $72 million free agent deal with the Knicks in 2016 and New York remains adamant on not parting ways with a draft pick just to unload the veteran big man. The former Defensive Player of the Year has appeared in just seven games this season and is averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds.
The Knicks will likely have to waive or buyout Noah at this point. According to the New York Daily News, Noah and Hornacek’s relationship is beyond repair.
Here’s one possible way Joakim Noah comes back: te Knicks change coaches. Source says Noah and Hornacek “pretty much hate each other.”
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) February 2, 2018