National Basketball Association rumor: Knicks looking to get rid of Joakim Noah

The New York Knicks remain determined to cut Joakim Noah loose, and reporteldy plan to make the breakup official prior to the start of training camp next month.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Bagley and Fred Kerber of the New York Post, the Knicks will look to waive and stretch the remainder of Noah's contract if they can not complete a trade for him or get him to agree to a buyout.

According to ESPN, the Knicks are considering using the waive-and-stretch provision which would allow the team to extend out Noah's remaining two years and $37.8 million on his contract to four years after waiving him.

Scott Perry has been attempting to move Noah but hasn't come close to finding a deal. Noah was cast out after a practice incident with Jeff Hornacek last January, making a return hard while Hornacek was the coach.

The New York Knicks are unlikely to bring Joakim Noah back into the organization under David Fizdale. Noah became vociferous toward Hornacek in the aftermath of a brief appearance in a January 23 game and engaged the coach verbally in practice the next day. He struggled in his first season with the team and just logged in 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game.

When Hornacek was sacked at the end of the season and David Fizdale took his place, the idea of Noah's return arose.

Noah, a two-time All-Star for the Chicago Bulls and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, never made an impact with NY.

The presence of incumbent starter Enes Kanter, the re-signing of Luke Kornet and the drafting of Mitchell Robinson, who was wildly impressive in the Summer League, most likely made the decision to pursue a separation from Noah much easier than it could have been for the Knicks.

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