Former Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah didn’t even wait for the free agency market to officially open. No, Noah wasted no time and has already made his decision on who he wants to sign with, according to a report.
The Knicks have long said they’ll be very active this offseason to provide support for and build around Carmelo Anthony, which we saw in the trade for Derrick Rose. And it looks like Noah is a part of that plan.
Sources: Knicks are strong favorites to land Joakim Noah. Details here: https://t.co/WYAjMcwUDI
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 30, 2016
The deal is reportedly worth $18 million per season, according to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post.
The Knicks, quietly, are building a very solid frontcourt. Pairing Noah with Kristaps Porzingis and Melo gives them the ability to score the ball, and also, rebound, which would be new. If Rose can stay healthy, this is a team that could make some waves in the extremely-weak Eastern Conference.
There are a lot of “what ifs?” concerning the Knicks, mainly surrounding the durability of their starting five. Noah played only 29 games last season due to a shoulder injury, and Rose managed 66, the most he’s started since 2010-11.
But if this team stays healthy, they could be dangerous. Great move by them filling a key need. Noah should fit in well.