Latest On Joakim Noah

The Wizards are expected to make a major push to sign Joakim Noah in free agency next month, sources tell Mitch Lawrence of The Sporting News. Washington’s interest in Noah was reported earlier this week.

In addition to the Wizards, at least three other teams – the Knicks, Timberwolves, and Bucks – are prepared to make offers to Noah, who is coming off an injury-shortened season, having undergone shoulder surgery earlier in the year. The Warriors are also believed to have Noah on their list of free agent targets.

One team apparently not viewed as a serious contender to sign Noah is his current team — the Bulls. An earlier report indicated that the veteran big man may want to leave Chicago, and Lawrence hears that Noah is indeed ready to move on.

Lawrence also suggests that the Wizards may be willing to offer Noah a maximum-salary contract, though that seems awfully hard to believe, given the veteran’s age, his health issues, and his modest production over the last couple seasons. J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com (Twitter link), who thinks Washington may pursue Noah, is skeptical that the club would offer him the max, as is Ben Standig of CSNMidAtlantic.com.

With the salary cap on the rise, we’ve been bracing for months for a crazy free agent period, with salaries that exceed what we would have expected. But a four-year max contract for Noah would start at $26MM+, and wouldn’t expire until he’s 35 years old. I could potentially imagine the Wizards being willing to do a maximum-salary deal for one or two years, if they’re unable to land any other top free agent targets, but even that would be a bit of a shock.

Still, according to Lawrence, multiple NBA general managers believe Noah could draw more interest than some other top big men on the market, and at least one GM thinks the longtime Bull will be very well-compensated as long as his shoulder isn’t a concern. “If teams are convinced Noah is healthy, he will get a max deal, and Washington is panicking because Nene is done and they didn’t make the playoffs last season,” the GM tells Lawrence. “They’ll overpay for Noah — they always do.”

As the Wizards prepare for free agency, they’re also reportedly ready to put a max offer on the table for Bradley Beal.

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Thronson5
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Thronson5
3 months 3 days ago

I can see him going to the Warriors and Gasol going to the Knicks. I think Horford goes to Lakers, Whiteside stays and Howard goes to the Mavs.

cjh815
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cjh815
3 months 3 days ago
Here is the trade again I missed up putting on here earlier It 6 team deal between Bulls, wolves , 76’s- bucks, Kings, and wizards Wolves get Jimmy butler- $17,552,209 Drew Gooden – 3,547,750 team option Which totals at 21,009,709 Kings get Greg Monroe – $ 17,145,853 Bobby Portis- $ 1,404,600 Hollis Thompson -$ 1,015,618 (rf) Miles plumlee – $3,113,316 Wizards 2017 and 20 first round picks and wizards 2019 2 rd pick Which totals to- $22,699,381 76ers get Ricky Rubio – $13,400,000 Markieff morris – $7,400,000 Jerrell Eddie -$ 980,000 Wizards 2018 1 round pick Which totals $21,761,431 Bucks… Read more »
jlivers77
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jlivers77
3 months 3 days ago

It’s bigpapi4ever of hoops rumors

bigcubsfan
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bigcubsfan
3 months 3 days ago

LOL. Your comment is great. This guy above doesn’t know anything about trades. There is NO way in any sport there would be a six team trade.

CAVS0223
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CAVS0223
3 months 3 days ago

Possibility compared to probability are two very different things.

ChiSoxCity
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ChiSoxCity
3 months 3 days ago

Uh, yeah love the Bulls getting all of those players, but that isn’t even a remotely fair trade for the other teams.

cubsfan2489
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cubsfan2489
3 months 3 days ago

GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!

Danthemilwfan
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Danthemilwfan
3 months 3 days ago

Ummm that’s a lot of trade pieces.,,plumlee is a restricted free agent

lebronshairlinexx
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lebronshairlinexx
3 months 3 days ago

First mlbtrade rumors now here smh

p mack
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p mack
3 months 2 days ago

Mn would never do that keep smoken

Priggs89
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Priggs89
3 months 3 days ago

My god these GMs are stupid if they’re even contemplating giving Noah a max deal. That is absolutely ridiculous.

metsmaniac755
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metsmaniac755
3 months 3 days ago

knicks should make noah the backup plan for whiteside

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