Joakim Noah Out Four To Six Months

TUESDAY, 1:34pm: Noah underwent surgery this morning and will begin rehab Wednesday, coach Fred Hoiberg said, as Johnson relays (on Twitter).

SATURDAY, 7:25pm: Bulls center Joakim Noah will be out of action for four to six months after suffering a dislocated left shoulder in Friday’s game, the team announced today. He underwent an MRI exam this morning, and it was determined that he will need surgery. Details of the procedure have not been set, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Noah is making $13.4MM this season in the final year of his contract. Before the injury, Chicago reportedly made him available for trade, as Hoops Rumors’ Chuck Myron detailed last month. He is averaging a career-low 4.3 points per game through 29 contests.

Chicago won’t be able to get any cap relief because of the injury, tweets former NBA executive Bobby Marks. The deadline for the disabled player exception expired Friday. The DPE would have only given the Bulls a $5.4MM exception, Marks notes, not an extra roster spot (Twiter link). Chicago already has 15 guaranteed contracts.

Noah suffered a similar injury on the shoulder December 21st and missed nine games. He was in his fourth game back when he re-injured it Friday.

In anticipation of the news on Noah, the Bulls recalled Cristiano Felicio from the D-League this morning, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. He has seen limited action in two games with the Bulls.

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10 thoughts on “Joakim Noah Out Four To Six Months

  1. aarongill

    Wonder if the Bulls will trade gasol or Gibson now? Or if they use Noah as a trade piece expiring contract.

  2. What do guys think about them trading Noah to the Nets? I love Noah, used to be a mvp candidate and great person to the community but now it’s either try to trade him or let him walk in FA. If the Bulls (Which they rarely do) trade Noah to the Nets, then maybe then can get a Thad Young or brook Lopez. Maybe Noah, SAC pick and future 2nd for Lopez. Gives the Nets a very likely pick in this yrs draft and an expiring contract. Bulls get a C. What do u guys think???

    • Chuck Myron

      That pick’s top-10 protected and pretty much a toss-up as far as whether or not it changes hands, and if I’m the Nets, I don’t trade Lopez for a late lottery pick. Young, maybe, but not Lopez.

    • Strauss

      Keep dreaming like the owner of the Bulls and Sox. He’s on a 3 year nap as his teams collapse and he doesn’t do anything about it. Nobody is accountable.

  3. NBAer

    Report…the Bulls front office plans on offering Noah a new contract before All-star break. They rather resign him than lose him this offseason. The amount offered will be considerably lower than his current contract. This puts the ball in Noah’s corner but I don’t think many teams will offer much more.

  4. Joesebastiangarcia

    Would the Bulls be interested in nick young? As someone who will spread the floor and come off the bench?

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