Knicks waive Noah after just two seasons

Knicks waive Noah after just two seasons

The New York Knicks have officially waived veteran center Joakim Noah, putting to bed one of the most ill-fated free-agent signings in recent National Basketball Association history.

Noah hadn't been with the team since clashing with former coach Jeff Hornacek last season. Early on Saturday afternoon, the team announced that they had waived Noah, along with two other players.

Noah has yet to receive traction on an open roster spot elsewhere in the National Basketball Association and has been resistant to leaving money on the table. By waiving Noah via the stretch provision, the Knicks are spreading out his remaining salary over more years with less of an annual cap hit.

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Almost everyone predicted that the Knicks giving an injury-prone Noah a four-year, $72M deal when he was already 31 years old would be a mistake. The two-time All-Star will be paid the full $18.5 million owed to him in 2018-19, then have the $19.3 million owed in 2019-20 stretched into even payments over the next three seasons.

The No. 9 overall pick by the Bulls in 2007, Noah averaged 8.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his 11-year career.

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