If the Knicks wish to move C Joakim Noah, Celtics PF Al Horford says he would gladly add him to his team.
The Knicks said Noah won't be joining the team until after the Feb. 8 trade deadline, and that is if he still is under contract. The team was reportedly exploring options to part ways with the center who turns 33 later this month. Horford, who was teammates with Noah during their time at the University of Florida, says Noah still has game to help a contender like the Celtics.
"I believe so," Horford told The Post's Marc Berman. "I think when Jo is healthy, I will put him on my team any day of the week."
Horford believes that when all of this drama settles, Noah will revitalize his career.
"I know he will," Horford said. "It's just about people giving him the opportunity. I don't know what or where, but if he gets the opportunity, he has a lot left in him."
The Knicks could just waive Noah if they want to get rid of him. However, the remaining two years on his four-year, $72 million deal would have to be spread out on the Knicks' books over the next five years. With a rebuild in place, they wouldn't want that burden when they look to add younger players.
The reason for Noah's dismissal from the team stems from an altercation at practice in Denver, where Noah and head coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly had to be separated during a heated argument. Noah was supposedly mad Hornacek pulled him out of the Golden State blowout the day before after playing just 4:41 in the fourth quarter.
Horford feels for his friend, who was suspended to start the season due to a performance-enhancing drug violation last season.
"It's got to be tough," Horford said. "He's a competitor, winner. The fact he can't play, it's very hard on him. He cares about the team, cares about winning. It's got to be very frustrating."
Noah has played in just seven games this season after starting in all 46 games he played last season.