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Joakim Noah speaks out on Billy Donovan joining Bulls

Billy Donovan, Joakim Noah, Bulls

Former Chicago Bulls All-Star center Joakim Noah is extremely happy for Billy Donovan, who is the new head coach of the Bulls.

Noah, who won two NCAA titles at the University of Florida with Donovan, spoke to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago about the Bulls’ decision to hire Donovan.

“I’m happy for the Bulls organization. They’re getting a great coach, someone who is an unbelievable motivator and someone who is family to me.”

Billy Donovan coached the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2015 to 2020. He went 243-157 in the regular season and 18-23 in the postseason.

Joakim Noah is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He’s one of the most popular players in Bulls franchise history, so it’s possible Donovan may look to bring the former Defensive Player of the Year back to Chicago once the 2020 free agency period begins.

A two-time All-Star with the Bulls, Noah played in 572 games for Chicago. He averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 49.0 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free throw line.

The Los Angeles Clippers signed Noah for the bubble games at Walt Disney World. However, the 35-year-old only appeared in two postseason games and played a grand total of two minutes.

The Clippers lost to the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs after taking a 3-1 series lead.

It will be very interesting to see if Donovan tries to sign Noah this offseason. Of course, he’ll have to discuss that with Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas and General Manager Marc Eversley.