The Joakim Noah Era in Chicago, to no one’s surprise, is over.
Noah, 31, is finalizing a reported four-year deal with the New York Knicks worth about $72 million.
Joakim Noah will meet with the Knicks Friday in Orlando. Sides nearing agreement on a 4-year deal worth $72 million, sources said
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2016
The big fella will re-unite with point guard Derrick Rose on the Knicks’ roster.
Sources said multiple teams interested in the native New Yorker had all but conceded that the Knicks were his runaway preferred destination.
The Knicks are eager to land a center this offseason, and Noah, a former All-Star, fits the bill. The Knicks have prioritized the position in free agency after sending Robin Lopez, last season’s starting center, to Chicago in the Derrick Rose trade. […] Rose said last week that he would like Noah, who was his teammate on the Bulls, to join him in New York.
Noah, 31, is coming off a 2015-16 season filled with injury. He suffered two significant shoulder injuries that limited him to 29 games last season. He missed almost a month with a left shoulder tear and had season-ending surgery to repair a left shoulder dislocation in January. He has spent a portion of his summer at The Peak Performance Project in Santa Barbara, California.
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