Knicks center Joakim Noah left the team in the middle of a road trip last Thursday after he and head coach Jeff Hornacek reportedly had a fiery exchange in practice the day after losing at Golden State 123-112. Noah was upset about getting just five minutes of playing time against the Warriors despite New York being down two big men that night.
The Knicks’ front office has been quiet about the incident and Hornacek has brushed off questions from the media about the situation, saying only that Noah won’t be with the team for the next couple games and his absence is due to personal reasons.
According to a New York Times report, Noah and the Knicks agreed to a cooling off period and talks between the two are scheduled for later this week, but a Yahoo story by Shams Charania suggests the Knicks will be shopping Noah before the upcoming trade deadline.
But with Joakim admittedly not the player he once was, two surgeries in the last 12 months and still being owed $38 million after this year is over, there likely won’t be many suitors for the 2014 defensive player of the year via trade. Other options for New York would be a buyout or taking advantage of the stretch provision which would extend the contract three additional years and ease the yearly cap hit to $7.5 million over five years.
Sources: After heated verbal exchange in practice between Joakim Noah and coach Jeff Hornacek last week, the Knicks are exploring avenues to part with Noah. He has two years remaining on the four-year, $72M deal he signed in 2016.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2018
Around the NBA, Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Celtics center Al Horford were both selected as reserves for the Eastern Conference this year. However, the two will be on opposing teams as Beal was selected by Lebron James and Horford was chosen to Stephen Curry’s squad in the first ever NBA All-Star Game player draft. Beal said in an interview with NBA.com that he wished the draft had been televised and said that he would ask James when he was picked just to see what he says.
Beal had 41 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists against his former college coach Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 121-112 loss Thursday. The Wizards host the Thunder again tonight in the teams final regular season matchup this season.
Horford was held out of a game this week as a precautionary measure due to a head injury but bounced back to record double-doubles against the Warriors and Lakers, respectively. The Celts have struggled as of late but did get a win over the Nuggets late Monday 111-110, for the team’s second win in seven games.
Lakers forward Corey Brewer has not played this week after a streak of 317 consecutive games played came to an end earlier this month. A.C. Green holds the record for consecutive games played in the NBA and ABA with 1,192 games in a row, playing most notably for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Heat forward Udonis Haslem was also not with his team due to a personal matter, but Haslem was excused so he could travel to be with his long-time agent Henry Hank Thomas as he passed away at the age of 64 Saturday morning after he had been suffering from a neuromuscular disease. Thomas also served as agent for former Heat stars such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Tim Hardaway.
I don’t have the words to say right now but I have the memories. I hurt cause I won’t get that text after every game but I smile cause I know you still won’t miss a game. Agent?? Hell no!! How about father. I love u man! Nobody better then you Henry Hank Thomas! pic.twitter.com/bpi32tMdYl
— Udonis Haslem (@ThisIsUD) January 27, 2018
Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons has now missed 14 straight games and is listed as day-to-day but it is unclear how long he will be out for Memphis.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Al Horford (C)
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Los Angeles Lakers
Corey Brewer (F)
Chandler Parsons (F)
Udonis Haslem (F)
New York Knicks
Joakim Noah (C)
Marreese Speights (F)
Bradley Beal (G)
Devin Robinson (F)