NY exploring ways to part with Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah is still gone for ‘personal reasons,’ according to the team

Joakim Noah's days as a Knick could be numbered.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the reason for Noah's departure was a heated confrontation with head coach Jeff Hornacek.

As Ian Begley and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported, Noah has been away from the Knicks as he awaits his next move, although there has been no discussion about a buyout.

Needless to say, Noah has been a enormous bust in NY. He missed New York's next two games - the loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday and the win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

There was a time when any team in the league would have loved to have Joakim Noah on their roster.

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Per Charania, the Knicks are unsure if Noah will rejoin the team, and are considering the possibility of buying him out if it's unable to trade him.

"Stuff with Jo we're not really going to talk about at this point", Hornacek said after practice Monday.

NY fans don't want to hear it, but Twitter is aflame with basketball pundits everywhere saying, "I told you so". So the Knicks are exploring all avenues and options.

Of course, moving Noah will be no easy feat. He has two years remaining on his four-year, $72 million contract after this season. He makes too much money, he can't play anymore and the Knicks would have to include too many other assets in the deal to get a team to take on the contract. Noah had played just 96 total games over the previous two seasons, with his productivity and athleticism declining along the way. Without accounting for a potential trade, numberFire's models project him to record 3.3 points with 3.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 12.1 minutes per game over the remainder of the year. Instead of having a five-year cap hit if Noah was waived now or in July, New York would have a $6,431,667 hit for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22. He played in just 46 games last season due to arthroscopic knee surgery and violating the league's anti-drug policy, the latter of which resulted in a 20-game suspension. He's been the Knicks' fourth-string center behind Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez.

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