With the playoff-eligible waiver deadline on Thursday, the Knicks need to decide what to do with Joakim Noah and Jarrett Jack fast.
Noah's situation hasn't changed a bit. The veteran center has been away from the Knicks ever since his altercation with head coach Jeff Hornacek, and after not being able to make a trade before the trade deadline, the team has been figuring out how to part ways with him.
For Jack, his situation has come recently after the trade for Emmanuel Mudiay added yet another young point guard to the Knicks' roster. With Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke in the mix as well, Jack has been the odd man out, having not seen the court in the last three games.
Jack is reportedly considering a split from the Knicks to join another team before season's end. However, he hasn't officially asked the team to either release him, or buy him out.
"People have brought it up to me," Jack told The Post's Marc Berman. "It wasn't something I was super thinking when the situation changed. But if it happens, it happens. I try to control what I can control. Right now this is my role for the moment. I'll try to be good at that as I was at the other one."
Courtney Lee is another Knick who is unhappy with his diminished playing time since the youth movement that has come to New York. He played a combined 30 minutes against the Magic and Celtics, and just had an 11-minute game against the Warriors depsite his career-best offensive numbers this season.
"As a player, competitor, it's definitely tough," Lee said. "I'm not the coach. I'm not in the front office. if that's the decision they're making, they're going with, all I can do is be professional and control what I can control. That's coming in every day and working hard, be positive."
As for Noah, his situation is a bit murkier. The Post's Berman said Thursday night that the exiled big man could remain on the roster until Sept. 1. The Knicks feel there will be better options on what to do with Noah in the future, including possible trades this summer or waiving him via the stretch provision.
The Knicks will have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to make moves on each of these players.
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Not a single Knicks fan is going to debate the Knicks letting Jack go. Letting him go is the best decision for both parties involved. Jack will get a chance to potentially go to a playoff team and maybe have a role on a winning club. His job with the Knicks is basically mentoring the young guards while not getting up once from the bench to actually play in the final 20 games. Jack served his purpose in the first half of the season, but playing him now does absolutely nothing for the tanking Knicks.
Noah is a much more difficult decision. The Knicks could find a way to potentially reach a buyout agreement, but still be stuck with paying him most of the nearly $38 million he is due over the next two years. I'm on the side that Noah didn't get his fair shake to try and redeem himself here thanks to his horrible relationship with Jeff Hornacek.
It didn't help his cause that he got a late start to the season due to his suspension and the fact that the Knicks had a million big men on the roster. It would be absolutely shocking if Hornacek is back coaching this team next season. If that is the case, I think it makes more sense to keep Noah and have him play under a different head coach.
The Knicks might lose Kyle O'Quinn, who will get paid much more than the $4 million a year he's making now. The Knicks should give Noah a chance if not this season, then next season to play.