Knicks Waive And Stretch Joakim Noah

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 14, 2018

On Saturday, the New York Knicks finally severed ties with Joakim Noah, announcing they have waived the former All-Star after two astoundingly disappointing seasons.

By using the stretch provision, the Knicks will add about $13 million in cap space to sign free agents next summer, according to the newspaper. His first season in NY ended early when he was suspended 20 games by the National Basketball Association in March 2017 for a failed drug test, a suspension that carried into the 2017-18 season.

How much cap space will that give NY for the summer of 2019, when the team hopes to add a marquee free agent to its base of young talent? The 33-year old also butted heads with former Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek.

Noah appeared in just 53 games after signing a $72 million, four-year contract in 2016. His $18.6 million salary for this season will count fully against the salary cap and the Knicks can stretch out the remainder of his salary over multiple seasons.

The Knicks have been trying to deal Noah since last season but have been unsuccessful, since they were unwilling to include any of their young pieces or draft picks in a deal to potentially dump Noah's atrocious contract.

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