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Report: Timberwolves have no plans to pursue Joakim Noah if he parts ways with Knicks

Joakim Noah, Knicks, Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one key player away from becoming the adored TimberBulls that head coach and president Tom Thibodeau so badly seems to desire. Yet a recent report from Marc Stein of The New York Times says the Timberwolves have no plans to pursue Joakim Noah, the one missing link to this former starting lineup, if he were to part ways with the New York Knicks down the road.

Thibodeau is fresh off signing Luol Deng, another former Chicago Bulls player, who will reunite with his other former teammates in Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson.

An earlier report also signaled that the Timberwolves were unwilling to go over the luxury tax and would likely carry only 14 players into the regular season. Minnesota is still working on a Karl-Anthony Towns contract extension that has dragged on too long into the summer.

Noah has yet to show any semblance of productivity since inking a four-year, $72 million deal with the Knicks, and while the Lakers were willing to cut their costs by agreeing to a buyout with Deng, who had a similar contract, it seems like the Knicks have yet to knock down that door.

Unlike Deng, Noah hasn’t been healthy in recent years, and while he has been aiming for a return to the court, it’s unlikely that new coach David Fizdale agrees to it, with plenty of new faces to acclimate before the impending return of star Kristaps Porzingis.

Unfortunately, it seems like the TimberBulls won’t fully assemble after all.