The Joakim Noah-Hornacek combat that began the break up

The Knicks Want To Get Rid Of Joakim Noah After A 'Heated Verbal Exchange' With Jeff Hornacek

Knicks exploring options to part with Joakim Noah: report

No one provided details on what the session was about, but a good bet was Hornacek switched to conversations about Joakim Noah and the options facing the Knicks in their quest for a possible divorce from the 32-year-old veteran. He started a leave of absence from the team Friday for "personal reasons". The Knicks are not giving any indication of when, or if, Noah will return.

Yahoo's Shams Charania reported on Monday that the Knicks are looking to part ways with Noah after he had a "heated verbal exchange" with head coach Jeff Hornacek and was sent home for two games.

Last Tuesday, Noah got into a shouting match with Hornacek during the fourth quarter of a game against Golden State.

"When you look at our team and the stage that we're at, it's tough on everybody to have four guys (at center) and what they've done", Hornacek said.


NY fans don't want to hear it, but Twitter is aflame with basketball pundits everywhere saying, "I told you so".

Trading Noah will be no easy feat for the Knicks. Such an agreement wouldn't change the cap hit the Knicks incur on the remaining years of Noah's deal. Otherwise, they may be forced to cut Noah outright.

NY could also retain Noah and look to move him this summer when he has only two years left on his contract or waive and stretch in the summer of 2019 when he only has one year left on his contract. Just twice has Noah seen the court for more than eight minutes of action.

Noah has fallen behind Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez on the depth chart at center, leaving him to play just 40 minutes the whole year. He had knee and shoulder surgery last season and was suspended 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy. His season ended past year after just 46 games when he was shut down with a knee problem, and then he served a 20-game suspension for a drug violation that bled into this season. Coach Jeff Hornacek discussed topics ranging from his former coach Jerry Sloan, ex-Knicks and Suns executive Al Bianchi, plus famed National Basketball Association fights, both verbal and physical, through the years. Al appeared regularly on the YES Network's Nets pregame show in 2005-11.

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