The Memphis Grizzlies are set to sign Joakim Noah, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Noah, who has yet to appear in a game this season following his release from the New York Knicks in October, will reportedly ink the deal with Memphis next week.
The Knicks’ free-agent bust had two years left on his four-year, $72 million contract when the Knicks waived him, but they used the stretch provision to reduce the cap hit. New York is still required to pay Noah the remaining money from the deal he signed in 2016 over the next two seasons.
Now 33 years old, Noah is likely at the tail end of his NBA career. He spent his first nine seasons in the league playing for the Chicago Bulls, making two All-Star appearances and winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2014.
Appearing in only 53 games for the Knicks in two years—including just seven games last season—Noah was a complete disaster in New York. It was arguably the worst move of the Phil Jackson era, which was filled with laughable decisions made by the former executive.
Noah’s tumultuous tenure with the Knicks included a 20-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug (PED) policy.
The addition of Noah means the Grizzlies will roster two former Defensive Player of the Year winners, as fellow center Marc Gasol claimed the honor in 2013.
Gasol is the best player in the Grizzlies' frontcourt, which includes JaMychal Green, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. and big man Ivan Robb.