Dead Weight: Joakim Noah Will Stay Knicks’s Problem


Stop the presses everyone — Joakim Noah is upset! The veteran center was sent home last week after a spat with coach Jeff Hornacek over playing time. The present word is that Noah has no interest in a buyout on the three years and $56 million remaining on his contract.

Somewhere, Phil Jackson is smirking…

Out of all the nonsensical moves the Zen Master made in his tenure, none are worse than this signing. The hefty pricetag makes Noah virtually untradeable, giving the Knicks the unappealing options of paying Noah to rot on the bench, haggle him nonstop about a buyout, or stretch the money out over several more years and compromise our future cap space.

From my vantage point, the most attractive option is to simply wait Noah out. He’s still prideful and full of competitive fire. With it clear he won’t get playing time, Noah might eventually be willing to compromise on a buyout rather than waste the last few years of his career in street clothes.

If he does stick around, the playing time issue could literally change in an instant.Say O’Quinn gets injured — who’s going to back up Hernangomez in spot minutes? Having Noah around in a situation like that would be helpful (especially if you’re still on the tanking bandwagon).

Can you deal with Noah on the bench for the rest of his contract, or would you rather the Knicks push for a buyout at all costs? Let me know in the comments.


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Ismael AbduSalaam

Ismael AbduSalaam is an Atlanta-based writer specializing in music, sports and film journalism. He is the creator of the sports and entertainment site He can be reached at @Ismael_BBM_NYK.

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