By Rob Wolkenbrod
The New York Knicks have waived Joakim Noah. According to ESPN, they will also use the waive-and-stretch provision.
The New York Knicks entered training camp without Joakim Noah, who was exiled from the team after a January spat with the former head coach, Jeff Hornacek. A buyout and a waive-and-stretch were expected, but it never came to fruition before the preseason’s conclusion.
On Monday at 5:00 p.m. ET, the Knicks must cut their roster down and make a decision on Noah. However, the decision arrived sooner than this.
New York officially announced that Noah, Jeff Coby and Kadeem Allen have been waived. This cut the roster down to 17 players, with two of them on two-way contracts for 2018-19.
This ends Noah’s tumultuous two-year stint with the Knicks. It started when the former president of basketball operations, Phil Jackson, signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract in 2016. After injuries, a suspension and the aforementioned exile, the veteran center played in just 53 games and averaged 4.6 points and 7.9 rebounds.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, the Knicks waived Noah because of no traction for a roster spot elsewhere, which led to an unwillingness to accept a...