Knicks Rumors: Joakim Noah Exit Targeted After Jeff Hornacek Confrontation

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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.

Noah is averaging 6.1 FanDuel points in seven games this season. The team, however, has not yet approached Noah about a potential buyout, according to multiple reports.

Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks are in the midst of a two-year saga that both sides would prefer to forget.

The Knicks have ramped up efforts to trade Noah, but they're also considering buying out his contract, Yahoo reported Monday. He's now away from the team for what has been described as personal reasons. He reportedly is working out and could return to the team Thursday. As the Daily News reported, Noah shouted at Hornacek after being removed from last week's loss to the Warriors. His production and durability doesn't make him a particularly trade asset to begin with, but Noah still has two years and $37 million remaining on his contract after this season In a summer when few teams are projected to have cap space, taking on Noah's contract would be a deal-killer for nearly every team.

While stretching Noah would give the Knicks some more money to spend in the next two summers, it would also eat into their cap space when they hope to use that space to attract free agents.

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After just under two years of turmoil, Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks could be headed towards and ugly split. He's in the second year of a four-year, $72 million deal, and he's been out of the rotation.

Unless Noah changes his mind, this would be a roadblock to any buyout agreement between the veteran center and the Knicks.

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 now sits behind centers Enes Kanter, O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez on the depth chart.

Noah served 12 games of that suspension to start this season.

If the Knicks have any chance of removing the contract from their books, they will need to package him with a quality asset, like an early draft pick or a talented young player.