Despite having not played for the Knicks since Jan. 25, Joakim Noah hopes to have been given a second chance after the team hired David Fizdale.
The 33-year-old Noah appeared in just seven games this season, averaging 1.7 points and two rebounds in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.
Noah did not appear in a game since a heated altercation with now former head coach Jeff Hornacek. New York did not trade him at the deadline, nor did it place him on waivers during the regular season.
"He reached out to me and just congratulated me,'' Fizdale said, via Marc Berman of NY Post. "I'm not putting a ceiling on anybody. Whoever is on our team in front of me is going to get my full attention to investment. He's obviously given me fits from back in the days. I've got some Noah nightmares from when he was in Chicago, some of those wars. I'm not putting a cap on anybody."
Scott Perry echoed Fizdale's sentiments.
"We're not taking any options off the table in terms of whether Noah will be here or not be here,'' Perry said. "We'll just keep you posted as we move forward."
The Knicks can waive Noah under the stretch-provision on Sep. 1, saving the team $12 million in 2019. His contract would be fully off the books by 2021.