Amid the recent news of his blow-up with head coach Jeff Hornacek, sources told USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick that Noah's issue was rooted in a promise that never came to fruition. "He had a 'heated verbal exchange" with coach Jeff Hornacek last week and is now away from the team for "personal reasons".
Noah is averaging 6.1 FanDuel points in seven games this season. That's what Noah is owed for the last two years of his contract beyond this year.
The Knicks announced last Thursday they sent Noah, 32, home from a road trip due to "personal reasons" after he shouted at Hornacek over a lack of playing time during their loss to the Golden State Warriors three days prior. He makes too much money, he can't play anymore and the Knicks would have to include too many other assets in the deal to get a team to take on the contract.
But in light of recent events, the Knicks have chose to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
The Knicks are reportedly itching to sever ties with Joakim Noah, whose 1½ seasons in NY have been nothing short of disastrous.
Noah, a two-time All-Star, remains steadfast in his belief that he could help a team and play rotational minutes. Another unappealing option: the Knicks can waive Noah via the stretch exception after the season, which would cut New York's cap hit in half per year but spread it out over a longer period of time. Noah still believes he can provide legitimate minutes for somebody out there, though his time in NY hasn't offered much validation. Now, the veteran center is viewed as an albatross.
Noah, who has two years remaining on his four-year, $72 million contract he signed with the Knicks in 2016, also won't play against the Nets on Tuesday, according to The News.
While the organization would love to trade the 32-year-old before the February 8 deadline, it won't be easy to convince another team to take on more than $37 million over the next two years. He's been the Knicks' fourth-string center behind Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez.
Noah served 12 games of that suspension to start this season.