New York Knicks still plan to part ways with center Joakim Noah

The New York Knicks are still planning to sever ties with center Joakim Noah ahead of training camp, according to a report from ESPN on Wednesday.

"Unless general manager Scott Perry can find a trade that includes Noah, the Knicks will use the NBA's waive-and-stretch provision to release Noah sometime after September 1, league sources said".

Noah and the Knicks separated in February following a heated argument between Noah and ex-coach Jeff Hornacek.

Under the waive-and-stretch provision, the Knicks would be able to lessen the cap hit of the two years and $37.8 million left on Noah's contract by spreading his $19.3 million 2019-20 salary over three seasons. That came a day after Noah yelled expletives at his coach upon being removed from a game against the Golden State Warriors.

There were some rumblings that new coach David Fizdale would "try" to talk to Noah to see if there was a way to bring him back into the fold.

Noah, a two-time All-Star for the Chicago Bulls and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, never made an impact with NY.

The 2014 Defensive Player of the Year signed a rich contract with the Knicks in the summer of 2016.

NY general manager Scott Perry has been trying to find a deal for the often injured center, but has been unable to get an adequate trade partner and has been unwilling to part with a young player or a future first-round draft pick to get rid of him. One is to keep Noah and allow him to eat up a massive amount of cap space and a roster spot for the next two years, while not even really being a part of the team.

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