The decision to sign Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal in 2016 hasn’t worked out well for the New York Knicks, who haven’t gotten much out of the big man.
Now we’re hearing word, via Shams Charania of The Vertical, that Noah and head coach Jeff Hornacek recently got into a “heated verbal exchange” that has prompted the team to look into how it can part ways with Noah.
Sources: After heated verbal exchange in practice between Joakim Noah and coach Jeff Hornacek last week, the Knicks are exploring avenues to part with Noah. He has two years remaining on the four-year, $72M deal he signed in 2016.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2018
After appearing in just 46 games last season, Noah has managed to make it into just seven games during the 2017-18 campaign. He’s averaging just under six minutes per game and is nearly invisible statistically, going for 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Given that he’s not a productive member of the team and is reportedly having relationship issues with the head coach, it’s hardly surprising that New York is looking into how it can rid itself of Noah.