The New York Knicks are expected to have interest in center Joakim Noah, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent, should he choose to leave the Chicago Bulls, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.
Noah, 31, averaged 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 2015-16.
The two-time NBA All-Star and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year appeared in only 29 games last season due to injuries.
Signing Noah, would mean the Knicks would probably consider moving Robin Lopez for a player at another position such as Atlanta's Jeff Teague. The Knicks are familiar with Teague's agent, Andy Miller, as he also represents Kristaps Porzingis.
There are plenty of reasons for the Knicks to target Noah, and they certainly have the flexibility to do so. A starting job would likely be one of the big man's requirements upon agreeing to a new deal.
Is Noah a better option than Lopez at this point? That's something the Knicks will have to weigh and ponder. If he is an upgrade and/or at the very least, a comparable option, then New York may be able to hit the trade market and upgrade another position (in addition to potentially signing Noah) by dangling Lopez as desirable bait.