Joakim Noah's former Bulls teammate -- Timberwolves SG Jimmy Butler -- recently spoke to the center, and said all he wants to do is play.
Noah was exiled from the Knicks after a heated argument with head coach Jeff Hornacek at practice a few weeks back. The Knicks' front office tried to the two years left on his four-year, $72 million contract off the books via trade before the deadline, but nothing came to fruition.
So, Noah continues to stay away from the Knicks, but according to Butler, he just wants to see the hardwood again.
"I know Jo' wants to play. He wants to help win. He's a great dude," Butler told NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "I talked to him a little bit, not a lot. All in all, I want him to be happy. Because you can't go to work every day, being with the same people every day, if you're not happy. That's not good for anybody."
The Knicks continue to work on a solution for Noah, but at the moment, a buyout isn't on their mind. If Noah is waived, there are likely teams that would be looking for his services, and Butler's Timberwolves will likely be one of them.
"If he's saying he can play, he can play," Butler said. "He's got it in him. I know he's working right now to get back out there and help. With whatever team."
The 32-year-old Noah has only seen time in seven games this season after just 46 games last year.