LOS ANGELES – The LA Clippers have officially announced the signing of center Joakim Noah. Noah, a two-time All-Star, will reportedly join the Clippers on a 10-day deal, but is expected to finish out the season with the team.
“Joakim is a relentless competitor and a proven winner,” said President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. “His experience, acumen and toughness fit well in our locker room.”
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Noah will act as an emergency backup big man behind starter Ivica Zubac and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Montrezl Harrell. He's years removed from it, but Noah won the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year award. Anything he can give the Clippers at age 35 would be a bonus.
Noah had his best year in the NBA during the 2013-14 season, averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, Joakim Noah averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game in just 16 minutes per game.
Noah was in attendance for the Clippers' 112-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. He was in street clothes with his fiancé, however, watching the game essentially as a fan.
A few fans who recognized the seven-footer in a designer jacket, beanie, and sunglasses on his way out yelled, “Welcome to the team!”
He smiled and thanked them.
The Clippers are currently 43-20, sitting in the Western Conference's second seed. They're a full game ahead of the Denver Nuggets, two games ahead of the Utah Jazz, and 3.5 games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
As it stands, the Clippers are 6.5 games back of the Lakers with 19 games to go, so it's all but likely that the purple and gold will hold on as the number one seed in the West.
The LA Clippers head to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. It's unclear if Joakim Noah will be ready to debut for the team then, or if he'll even be needed, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Clippers hold off until he can practice with the team Thursday before a Friday/Saturday back-to-back.