The Joakim Noah-Hornacek combat that began the break up

The Joakim Noah-Hornacek combat that began the break up

Now we're hearing word, via Shams Charania of The Vertical, that Noah and head coach Jeff Hornacek recently got into a "heated verbal exchange" that has prompted the team to look into how it can part ways with Noah. But the Knicks and Noah agreed to what amounts to a cooling-off period after an emotional exchange with Hornacek, according to the people, who are not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. A two-time All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year with the Chicago Bulls, Noah has been a colossal disappointment since signing a four-year, $72.6 million contract with the Knicks in June 2016.

The 32-year-old center has played seven games and 40 total minutes this season.

Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks are in the midst of a two-year saga that both sides would prefer to forget. Otherwise, they may be forced to cut Noah outright. It's not clear when - or if - he will return to the team.

Waive via the stretch provision:?The Knicks can waive Noah and decrease the cap hit they'll incur for Noah's contract over the next two summers via the stretch provision, but using this tool on Noah isn't ideal.

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Of course, moving Noah will be no easy feat. But several reports, confirmed by league sources, said Noah is not interested in a buyout.

ESPN reported Noah has no desire in a buyout. Noah will not give the Knicks a break on the two-and-a-half years and roughly $45 million remaining on his contract, with the Knicks seeking a way out of the money owed the disgruntled veteran. Now, the veteran center is viewed as an albatross.

Trade other centers:?Opposing teams have expressed interest in centers Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez ahead of the February 8 trade deadline.

Noah has been at the bottom of a four-center logjam along with Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and last year's starter Willy Hernangomez - all getting much less playing time than they expected coming into this season. He played in just 46 games last season due to arthroscopic knee surgery and violating the league's anti-drug policy, the latter of which resulted in a 20-game suspension.

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