NEW YORK, USA -The New York Knicks waived center Joakim Noah on Saturday, October 13, making his expected departure official two seasons after signing the French center to a four-year, $72 million contract.
Joakim Noah (left) will become an unrestricted free agent. The Knicks had hoped to trade him but no deal materialized, so they put the centre on waivers Saturday.
Noah, son of former world number three French tennis player Yannick, has been away from the team since clashing with former coach Jeff Hornacek last season.
For salary cap purposes, the timing of the move means that Noah's $18.5-million salary for 2018-19 will stay on the Knicks' books in its entirety this season.
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In two forgettable seasons with New York, Noah suited up for just 53 games and averaged 4.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in roughly 20 minutes per game. He had an impressive spell with the Bulls, which included him being named NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
It's the end of a brief and unsuccessful era in NY.
The pact quickly proved disastrous, however, as Noah has played a total of 53 games with NY - including just seven appearances last season - averaging 4.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game overall.