NBA Trade Rumors: Wolves Could Target Knicks' Joakim Noah in Midseason
The Minnesota Timberwolves could target New York Knicks center Joakim Noah in midseason as Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reportedly wants a reunion with his former player.
Noah, 31, was one of Thibodeau's most-trusted and reliable disciples from 2010 to 2015 when the one-time NBA Coach of the Year was still in charge of the Chicago Bulls. Coach Thibs is said to be growing impatient about the Wolves' status this season (the team is third from the last place in the West with a 5-11 record) and so rumors abound that he wants his old Bulls players back to his side.
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Meanwhile, the Knicks have also not met expectations so far this season, touting an 8-8 slate and are settled at the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The acquisition of Noah together with Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee during the summer was expected to make the Knicks one of the East contenders once again, but it has not yet happened.
Now, Noah is slowly being deemed as an overpaid starter after signing a four-year, $72 million contract in July. He is currently averaging only 4.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game in 14 games so far this season.
Fansided reported that the Knicks find the Wolves as a potential trade partner after rumors that Thibodeau is ready to trade one of his young players for a proven veteran, particularly those who have played under his system.
While it is likely that Thibodeau will pursue his former players who are not injury prone, such as Luol Deng or Taj Gibson, inquiring about Noah would not surprise anyone as the two are already quite familiar with each other.
HNGN indicated that Thibodeau could snag Noah from the Knicks to reunite with his former defensive cornerstone. Noah won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014 and was a two-time All-Star as well under Thibodeau.