This summer, teams will be looking to make a splash in a free agency that is bannered by players such as Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside, DeMar DeRozan, and Dwyane Wade – the unrestricted ones at this stage.

While these are the top talents that are sure to make owners cough up some dough to secure their services, there are also the dark horse free agents who might fly under the radar after regressing last season. Joakim Noah leads this pack.

The veteran big man is coming off a down season in Chicago, no thanks to the culture change brought about by coach Fred Hoiberg and a season-ending shoulder injury sustained in January. In an interview for, Noah revealed his thoughts on his free agency debut.

I'm very focused on free agency. I spent the last 10 years in Chicago, there were good moments and bad moments but now I have an incredible opportunity for a player, being recruited by a team, I definitely want to live that kind of experience. It's new for me but it's something very intriguing for a player.

Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah
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The 31-year old center is only two years removed from an All-NBA First Team season and a Defensive Player of the Year citation. In the right situation, there’s no questioning his ability to make a huge impact with his non-stop hustle and tenacious desire to be a bane in the opponent’s offense.

Although the previous season saw him log only 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 29 games, he remains a top priority for the Chicago Bulls this summer amidst talk that Noah has essentially bid farewell to his teammates.

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