It appears that Joakim Noah‘s time with the New York Knicks might have reached its conclusion. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek met with the media on Tuesday night and gave a glimpse into the franchise’s thinking with its veteran center, who has played in seven games this season and is currently not with the the team.
Hornacek said that New York has decided to “move on” from Noah, who is currently in year two of the four-year, $72.6 million contract he signed with the organization last summer. Noah has not taken the floor for the Knicks since Jan. 23, when he logged five minutes in a 123-111 loss to Golden State.
Noah’s tenure in New York has been a disaster, whether it be because of his performance on the court, the injuries that have plagued him, or the suspension he received for testing positive for a banned substance. He has even said he’s “probably not” the player he used to be, as evidenced by the fact that he averaged 4.6 points and 7.9 points in 19.9 minutes per game with the Knicks.
If this is, ultimately, the end of Noah in New York, the final chapter would be a rough one. Noah’s absence from the team was issued by the Knicks, as he got into an altercation with Hornacek that reportedly included New York’s coach shoving the big man.