Knicks GM Scott Perry confirmed that no trade has been made for C Joakim Noah, and that there is no plan in place for him to return to the team, per NorthJersey.com's Steve Popper.
The Knicks announced last Friday in a mutual decision that Noah will not return to the team until further notice.
It is not clear if Noah will return at all. The Knicks are reportedly exploring ways to part with him following his heated argument with Hornacek at practice last week, per The Vertical's Shams Charania.
Noah was furious Hornacek took him out in the fourth quarter of last Tuesday's matchup against the Warriors, and he screamed at him at practice the next day. He has since left the team due to "personal reasons," according to Hornacek, and missed the last two games on the West Coast trip.
The 32-year-old Noah has played in only seven games this season, where he is averaging 1.7 points over 5.7 minutes in those contests. The Knicks have been happy with the way Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn have been playing. With Willy Hernangomez also in the mix, Noah's role has been diminished severely this season.
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Just getting rid of Joakim Noah and paying him while getting nothing in return just doesn't do much of anything at all. It's still very hard to comprehend why Jeff Hornacek won't play Noah at all. He has something to prove this year after the suspension, and he isn't even getting any minutes to prove anything.
The Knicks are in a tough spot because of that. His trade value is at an all-time low due to his big contract, and because of the fact that he has nothing on tape to show anyone this season.
Just buying out Noah's contract doesn't do much for the Knicks. At this point, why not just play him and at least maybe give him some kind of value going into the offseason. By not playing him, you're throwing money down the drain essentially. Is Noah that bad that him playing makes the 22-28 Knicks worse?
It's just hard to wrap your head around the decision making here, and now as usual, it has become a mess off the court. Hornacek and the Knicks really could not have handled this much worse, and may have put themselves in a spot where they have to eat their losses. I guess we could blame Phil Jackson too for giving him four years, $72 million. It's a contract that we say he won't live up to, but one that the head coach never allowed him to live up to...