NY waives veteran center Joakim Noah

Tanya Simon
October 14, 2018

Joakim Noah's disappointing Knicks career is over after just two seasons.

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 team will still have to pay him the remaining $38 million, but will spread out his remaining salary over more years with less of an annual cap hit.

It's the end of a brief and unsuccessful era in NY. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday that Noah has "no traction on an open roster spot elsewhere in NBA", adding that former head coach Tom Thibodeau has "no interest" in bringing Noah to Minnesota.

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After a standout tenure with the Chicago Bulls from 2007-16, Noah signed a gargantuan four-year, $72.6-million contract with the Knicks in 2016.

Noah finished with an average of 4.6 points and 7.9 rebounds with NY. He won Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14.

The Knicks also announced Saturday that they waived guard Kadeem Allen, signed in July, and forward Jeff Coby, who signed a training camp deal in September. Noah's $18.5 salary is still penciled in the Knicks' books for this 2018-19 season.

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