Knicks Sign Joakim Noah To Four-Year Deal

JULY 8, 12:34pm: The Knicks have officially signed Noah, the team announced today (via Twitter).

JULY 1, 9:41pm: As expected, the Knicks and Noah have agree to a four-year, $72MM deal after their meeting today, tweets Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com. It will be a fully guaranteed contract with no options, per Michael Scotto of The Associated Press (Twitter link).Joakim Noah vertical

2:42pm: Noah has posted a photo on Instagram that shows him wearing a Knicks cap, which is a pretty strong signal that he’ll sign with the team when the moratorium ends next week.

JUNE 30, 11:58pm: Noah and the Knicks are nearing an agreement on a four-year deal worth around $72MM, sources tells Chris Broussard of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

11:11pm: With free agency now open, the Knicks are discussing the framework of a deal that would be in the four-year, $70MM range, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter links). The two sides will continue negotiations during their Friday afternoon meeting, per Charania.

7:05am: The Knicks are the strong favorites to land longtime Bulls big man Joakim Noah when the free agent period opens in July, according to multiple reports. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ian Begley, Shams Charania of The Vertical, and Sam Amick of USA Today all independently reported late on Wednesday night that the Knicks are in the driver’s seat in the Noah sweepstakes.

According to Charania and Amick, Noah has a meeting set up with Phil Jackson and the Knicks after free agency formally gets underway at 12:00am on July 1st. Marc Berman of The New York Post clarifies that the meeting between the two sides is expected to happen during the day on Friday, rather than late at night, but he also suggests that the Knicks are the prohibitive favorites for Noah. There’s belief on both sides that an agreement could come quickly, says Charnia.

Amick indicates within his report that Noah is still expected to consider multiple teams besides the Knicks, but those clubs have yet to line up a formal meeting with the 31-year-old. Sources tell Stein and Begley that a few teams with interest in Noah have “all but conceded” that the Knicks are No. 1 on his wish list by a sizable margin — the two-time All-Star has expressed strong interest in signing in New York in recent days, since teammate Derrick Rose was traded to the club, per the ESPN duo.

Assuming Noah and the Knicks do indeed work something out, his starting salary may end up in the range of $18MM, according to Bontemps. That would be a significant investment from the Knicks, who are expected to have over $30MM in cap room, and would likely take the team out of the running for some mid-tier free agents, in addition to max-salary players.

Noah underwent surgery on his separated left shoulder back in January, and while he should be ready to go for the 2016/17 campaign, he hasn’t played a game since that procedure. In 2015/16, he appeared in just 29 games, averaging 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 21.9 minutes per contest.

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padam
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padam
2 months 29 days ago

Hoping the Knicks don’t do it, but it’s inevitable. Terrible signing of they do.

alproof
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alproof
2 months 28 days ago

Terrible signing or not, Jackson will do it to make a splash. Knicks need Whiteside and either Beal or DeRozan.

JT19
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JT19
2 months 28 days ago

They wouldn’t have the cap space to add two of those guys. With just over $30 million, all of those guys are likely to ask for the max leaving little space for a second guy. Whiteside is probably the most realistic option of the three since DeRozan is likely to stay in Toronto and Beal is a RFA. Also, the Knicks don’t want DeRozan, he’s a terrible fit. They’re better off going after Beal or a cheaper 3-and-D/shooter at the 2 spot.

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 27 days ago

We can say who we need but it has to be a marriage. Why would either of those 3 want to come to NY and leave teams that just made it to the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the playoffs? They can get the same amount of money the Knicks can afford to offer from several better teams and even more money by going back to the team they last played for.

eggy
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eggy
2 months 26 days ago

No way they get beal

Me7o4Lyfe
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Me7o4Lyfe
2 months 27 days ago

Agreed. The yearly price point isn’t bad considering the jumping salary cap but giving out 4 years is like committing cap suicide. Are they not considering the future implications of this huge contract? This has james Dolan written all over it

Z-A
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Z-A
2 months 29 days ago

18m for an oft injured big past his prime… lol smh playing for #1 overall

Danthemilwfan
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Danthemilwfan
2 months 29 days ago

Knicks are becoming the Chicago Bulls when they went hard after melo

Justin
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Justin
2 months 28 days ago

Absolutely terrible signing if they go through with it. Paying $18 mil for a big that only rebounds while coming off surgery is absurd. You lose a significant amount of cap space and any chance of creating a team that can actually contend. That money could’ve been used on Whiteside or even Mozgov. Both of those players are much better options and at better price points…….smh

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 28 days ago

He doesn’t only rebound, he plays good defense and passes well. I’m not a fan of giving Noah 18mil but if he comes back heathy it might work out for them. They might be able to snag a late 1st rounder from a contender at the deadline next year if it all falls apart for them. That being said I like them going after a mozgov type and trying to get better on the wing with their cap room.

Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
2 months 26 days ago

I love Noah but hes finished. Failung up, I guess.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 28 days ago

That would be terrible for the knicks, if it’s at that price. They’re better off with a backup rim protector they can get cheaply…don’t know exactly how much cap room they have, but if they can add something like Bazemore and Courtney lee, while also keeping galloway and thomas, and also signing that backup rim protector, that would be a pretty competitive roster this season, assuming they stay healthy.

Rose, lee, thomas, melo, porzingis
Bazemore, galloway, rim protector, etc isn’t a bad 8 man rotation

Rodney
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Rodney
2 months 28 days ago

Paying Noah 18 million under 94 million salary cap is the equivalent of paying him 13.4 under the 70 million salary cap. That’s not that much.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 28 days ago

True, but they have other issues to fill

JT19
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JT19
2 months 27 days ago

Center is a need for them. I still think Porzingas needs another season or two before he’ll be ready to take a full season’s worth of banging down low against other 5s. Outside of Center, they need a 2 guard (whether a starter or a 6th man to “platoon” with Galloway) and depth all over their roster. Although at $18 million I would pass and look for a cheaper big. With that money they might be able to get a cheaper big and another depth player or two.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 27 days ago

Wow 4 at 17.5 per? Are we talking about if this was 2 years ago? Hope he stays healthy. They need more

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 27 days ago

Wow I called it on Courtney lee lol. First call the knicks made came directly from phil for him

angrypoptart99
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angrypoptart99
2 months 27 days ago

Why don’t the Knicks go for bismack byombo….

JT19
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JT19
2 months 27 days ago

Biyombo had one good playoffs. Outside of that, he’s only a rim protector and rebounder with basically no offensive game (outside of easy layups/dunks and putbacks). Noah at least can give you (if healthy) similar rim protection and rebounding but also offers really good passing out of the 5 spot.

Chris815
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Chris815
2 months 27 days ago
Bye the way for all of you keep calling my 4 team bad deal and wizard get every thing. And thing Sacramento will never trade him. You all no he is a unrestricted free agent in 2 years . Which most likely means if they don’t trade him now when he has most value .He will leave in 2 years . Mostly likely to come to Washington, D.C. Any way since he wants to play in Dc with his best friend and ex college team mate John wall. So if I was then I strike now when he is at… Read more »
eggy
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eggy
2 months 26 days ago

The only reason people say it’s a bad deal is bc it is never going to happen if the Kings would trade him it probably would be to DC but a 4 team deal never happened and never will happen

Michael Nguyen
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Michael Nguyen
2 months 27 days ago

On the bright side at least the Knicks didn’t give 16 mil a year for 4 years to a bench player like the Lakers did.

padam
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padam
2 months 26 days ago

That has to be the worst deal so far…

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