Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau showing no interest in Joakim Noah
Despite the rumors saying that Tom Thibodeau is looking to bring together former Chicago Bulls teammates to his Minnesota Timberwolves, the 60-year-old coach is not showing any interest in center Joakim Noah.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this development from the Timberwolves’ camp.
Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau has shown no interest in adding Joakim Noah to his collection of ex-Bulls, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 13, 2018
Reports today say that the 6-foot-11 big man was waived by the New York Knicks after a forgettable two-year stint with the team. The Knicks will use the stretch provision, per Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN.
“Using the stretch provision reduces Noah’s cap hit of $19.3 million in 2019-20 to $6.4 million, saving the team $12.9 million toward the salary cap. Stretching his contract, though, will cost the Knicks $6.4 million in cap space in the summers of 2020 and 2021.”
Hounded by injuries throughout the entirety of his stay with the Knicks, the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year never really got it going in the past couple of years. He ultimately fell out of the team’s rotation last year, and new head coach David Fizdale is also adamant that Noah will not have a role for the Knicks this year.
When Noah signed a $72 million contract in 2015, many believed that his defensive prowess and determination to win would change the culture for the once-proud Knicks. But the center would suffer the same outcome as to his Bulls and Knicks teammate, Derrick Rose: a drastic downfall of production due to injuries.
Still, there’s no saying if Thibodeau’s mind is already locked on denying Noah a roster spot. The Timberwolves have been keen on getting rid of Gorgui Dieng’s massive contract, and a defensive center like Noah would be a perfect fit for Thibs’ gameplan.