Clippers Sign Joakim Noah

JUNE 28 (3:35pm): The Clippers have officially signed Noah to his contract, the team announced in a press release on Sunday.

JUNE 28 (9:00am): Noah’s new deal covers the rest of the season and is non-guaranteed for 2020/21, tweets Jovah Buha of The Athletic.

JUNE 20: The Clippers intend to sign veteran center Joakim Noah to a rest-of-season contract once the NBA opens its transaction window next week, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter).

Noah had been just three days into a 10-day deal with the Clippers when the NBA suspended its season on March 11. However, active 10-day contracts, including Noah’s, will expire on June 23, per Charania. All other active 10-day deals belonged to players on teams that won’t be participating in the league’s resumed season this summer.

News that the Clippers plan to retain Noah doesn’t come as a major surprise. When he first signed with the club in March, the agreement was reported as an opportunity for a 10-day audition that was expected to be followed by a rest-of-season commitment. More recently, Noah spoke as if he would be part of Los Angeles’ roster when play resumed.

A former Defensive Player of the Year, Noah appeared in 42 games for the Grizzlies during the 2018/19 season, averaging 7.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 2.1 APG in 16.5 minutes per contest. The big man reportedly had a workout lined up with the Clippers last September, but was forced to cancel it after suffering an injury. He sat out most of the ’19/20 campaign, eventually joining the Clips once he got healthy.

Once the Clippers officially re-sign Noah, they’ll have a full roster, with 15 players on standard contracts and two on two-way deals. In order to make any additional changes, they’ll likely have to waive someone, though they’d also be eligible to sign a substitute player if one of their current players chose not to participate in the restart.

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17 thoughts on “Clippers Sign Joakim Noah

    • Luke Adams

      March 11 was the last day of Tolliver’s 10-day deal, so I don’t consider it as one that was still active when the hiatus began.

  1. mdunkel

    What season. Look around NBA you have sick players in all Major Sports. It isn’t going to happen.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      It’s already happening in soccer, being played all over the place.

      • dorfmac

        Generally, in countries that have taken the entire situation more seriously and have successfully taken steps to improve. Meanwhile, we are trending in the wrong direction because we are the most selfish country with the dumbest decision-makers.

      • Appalachian_Outlaw

        Soccer is much different than basketball. The players generally aren’t in as close of a proximity to each other, and there’s very little hand contact with the ball.

        I’m not saying basketball won’t happen. It could. However, I don’t think it’s as simple as saying- “well soccer is being played.”

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          There’s even less contact in baseball, and they don’t seem to be even close to playing anytime soon. So how close the players get obviously isn’t the main factor of whether or not play resumes in any given sport.

          • x%sure

            ?? Baseballers handle it a lot. Maybe pitchers can keep some gel disinfectant on the bill of their cap lol.

            • stevep-4

              Might as well allow foreign substances if they are going to put ghost runners on second base. That would even it up a little.

              • x%sure

                Tagging out ghost runners must be what area tags are for.

                Actually I just watched two straight baseball games for the first time probably since the 80s. Maybe it’s not such a bad sport after all.

          • Otogar

            I don’t now about the MLB plans, but another crucial difference between soccer and basketball is that the former is played outdoors. That significantly reduces the risk.

  2. wagner13

    He can be that physical presence off the bench and provide defense against opposing bigs such as Davis and Jokic. Even if he’s limited to just 10 minutes, it’ll be infinitely better than the Zubac/Harrell combo

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Noah won’t be limited to just 10 minutes because he’s only on the roster for emergency depth. They already have 10 guys in the rotation and there’s no point in them going 11 or 12 deep, especially once the playoffs begin.

  3. stevep-4

    When healthy he is a very good defender all over the court, and a fantastic passer. Also a good mentor and well liked teammate, known as a bit of a prankster. He adds the ever popular “intangibles”.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      His presence will be felt off the court while he helps out the the younger players. But he will only get minutes if Zubac or Harrell gets hurt.

  4. x%sure

    Thus the mystery over his availability. Also a hard worker and successful college player.

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