Joakim Noah may never suit up again for the Knicks, but the exiled center will have plenty of desirable options should he negotiate a buyout with the club. According to league sources, several playoff-bound teams are closely monitoring Noah’s situation in New York and would push to sign him if Noah becomes a free agent. The Warriors, Timberwolves and Thunder are three such teams that believe Noah, who turns 33 on Sunday, could bolster their respective rosters for the postseason. Minnesota is an obvious one since it would reunite Noah with his former coach with the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau. Golden State and Oklahoma City also feel that Noah’s experience and defensive prowess would solidify their respective benches. Noah remains in limbo following an altercation with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek last month in Denver. As the Daily News reported in January, the problem began one night earlier in Oakland when Noah played just five minutes, all in the fourth quarter, during a 123-112 loss to the Warriors. The Knicks coaching staff had informed Noah hours before the game to be prepared to play since both Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O’Quinn were unavailable due to injury. Despite the advance warning, Noah stayed on the bench until 10:09 was left to play. But what really angered the highly competitive and prideful veteran is that Hornacek lifted him with 5:38 remaining. An agitated Noah, who had not complained publicly about his diminished role, then had words with Hornacek as he returned to the bench.
Knicks still have yet to decide how they’ll proceed with exiled Joakim Noah, who has interest around the league
New York Daily News | Feb 23