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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been away from the team since the middle of January after he and coach Jeff Hornacek engaged in a physical altercation during practice.
Noah, who was unhappy with his playing time and role on the Knicks before leaving the club, voiced his displeasure to Hornacek and the Knicks’ coach reportedly didn’t respond to that well.
According to a report from The New York Daily News, Hornacek shoved Noah and the two had to be separated. No punches were thrown, but it’s clear Noah and Hornacek’s relationship has reached its end.
The Knicks have been trying to trade Noah since the incident, with no luck. Noah has one of the NBA’s most untradeable contracts, as he signed a four-year, $72 million free-agent deal with the Knicks in the summer of 2016.
New York refuses to part with any draft picks as well, making it even more difficult to find a suitor for Noah. A buyout could be in place, but the odds of Noah and Knicks management agreeing to a fixed dollar amount are very unlikely.