Scott Perry, General manager for the New York Knicks has told the press that even though the team has a plethora of centers on the team, he has no intention as of now to buy out Joakim Noah, and said that he feels he still may have a role at the organization.
Noah returned to the team after serving his 12 game drug suspension and has only appeared in two games for a total of 11 minutes.
Perry, when asked about buying out Noah said: “I like having some veteran people around to help a young team,” adding: “His veteran experience is very helpful to have in the locker room. As of right now, I’m comfortable he’s here. Let’s see what he can contribute going forward. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him and embraced where he is in his career. [He’ll play] at some point.”
When the Knicks played his old team the Bulls on Saturday night, former Bulls All-Star had to have been embarrassed as he was listed as inactive and benched at at United Center. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek explained it as ‘he didn’t want to dress all four centers.’
The reality of the situation is that Noah signed a huge 4 year, $72 million deal with the Knicks in 2016 and right now Noah looks pretty un-tradable at this point.