The biggest news in the NBA today is that Joakim Noah signed a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. A 33-year old center will play for a veteran minimum salary, according to various sources.
After several days of negotiating the two sides reached an agreement and it is expected to be officially confirmed next week.
Previously, he’s been on the Knicks’ payroll, after signing a four-year deal worth $72 million. That turned out to be one of the worst arrangements for the New York-based franchise, because he only played 53 games, averaging 4.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes on the floor. The reasons for such a low number of appearances are various, from shoulder problems, knee surgery, to a drug suspension.
The Knicks management waived him officially in October this year, in order to free some space in the salary cap which was overloaded at the time. When coming to the Big Apple, Phil Jackson was planning to establish Noah as the cornerstone of Knicks defense.
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And really, the French international has been one of the toughest defenders in the whole league, earning the award of NBA Defensive Payer of the Year Award in 2014, and also getting into All-NBA First Team during the same season. He has been elected twice to participate in the NBA All-Star game and twice in the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
Veteran player plans to revive his career in Memphis. The style of play which J.J. Bickerstaff prefers is suitable for Noah, who likes to play tough and tight defense inside the arc. Along with Marc Gasol, and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., Noah is going to fit in perfectly, because this team didn’t have enough depth under the rim, and also big players who can protect the paint and be aggressive on the board.
There is no doubt that the two time NCAA champion with the Florida Gators has a chance to bounce back on the big stage. With enough minutes to show his worth, and a team who is extremely ferocious on the defensive part of the floor, Joakim Noah has everything at his disposal, to make a big comeback on the NBA map.