Knicks Plan On Using Stretch Provision On Joakim Noah In September

Paola Ditto
Agosto 10, 2018

The Knicks will use the NBA's waive-and-stretch provision to release Noah after September 1.

If a trade doesn't work and they can't come to a buyout agreement, the Knicks are reportedly prepared to use the stretch provision to alleviate Noah's yearly salary cap hit.

After the hiring of Fizdale in June, Knicks management didn't rule out the possibility of Noah rejoining the organization for the 2018-19 season, but that scenario has gained no traction, league sources said. Another is to trade him, but with the Hawks having already taken on Carmelo Anthony's contract in a salary dump this summer, it seems the window for finding a team willing to make such a move has closed - if it were ever open given Noah's contract is even worse being that it has one more year after this.

In February, the Knicks officially announced that they and Noah had agreed to mutually part ways and he took a leave of absence from the team.

The $18.5 million salary for 2018-19 still counts toward the Knicks' salary cap, although that number could be reduced if a buyout is agreed upon with Noah, or if NY doesn't waive the set-off in his contract. Noah was cast out after a practice incident with Jeff Hornacek last January, making a return hard while Hornacek was the coach. The relationship spiraled after Noah and Hornacek had to be separated during a West Coast practice session in late January. That came a day after Noah yelled expletives at his coach upon being removed from a game against the Golden State Warriors.

Phil Jackson signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal in 2016.

This is all assuming the Knicks are unable to find a trade partner for Noah, who has played just 53 games in two years with NY. He played 46 games in the 2016-17 season, losing time to various injuries and an arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He averaged 1.7 points, 2 rebounds and 5.7 minutes in seven games in the 2017-18 season.

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