Joakim Noah still has hope he will be in a Knicks jersey next season.
As the 6-foot-11 center walked barefoot through a parking lot in Malibu, California, he admitted he's not sure what the future with the Knicks holds for him at the moment. But he does love new head coach David Fizdale.
"I don't know what's gonna happen, but Coach Fiz is cool man," Noah told TMZ.
The last time Noah interacted with a head coach, though, it didn't go so well. Noah was kicked out of a Knicks practice after he and former head coach Jeff Hornacek got into a "very heated exchange." Since then, the Knicks have been trying to figure out a way to get rid of the rest of his four-year, $72 million contract.
Back in April, Knicks GM Scott Perry said all options were open in Noah's case this offseason.
"We're going to visit the Joakim situation again as we go through the offseason," Perry said, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "And you know we won't take any options off the table for that matter."
At the moment, Noah is the highest-paid Knick on paper with $18.53 million due to him next season. However, with the Knicks expecting a big push in free agency in 2019, getting him off the books in some way would free up a large amount of cap space.
But the veteran doesn't want to leave the Big Apple, saying "for sure" when asked if he wants to stay in New York. In the end, it will be up to the Knicks if Noah will be welcomed back to Madison Square Garden.
Over the past three seasons, Noah has played in 82 games due to injuries and other off the court related issues. As a Knick, he has averaged 4.6 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game in 53 appearances.