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Joakim Noah | Center/Forward | #13

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 230
College: Florida
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (9) / CHI
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Joakim Noah (knee) will begin serving his 20-game suspension on Wednesday.
He's been medically cleared by an independent doctor, but with just eight games remaining on the schedule this year, Noah will need to spend an additional 12 games on the sidelines during the 2017-18 season. Phil Jackson took a risk on Noah by signing him to a four-year deal worth $72 million this past offseason, which was a pretty obvious swing and a miss. The 32-year-old won't be worth drafting in most leagues next season. Mar 29 - 12:04 PM

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Joakim Noah could begin serving his 20-game suspension for failing a drug test as soon as Wednesday.

The Knicks are motivated to get Noah medically cleared so he can begin serving his suspension as soon as possible. Noah was examined by team doctors prior to Monday's game. If he is cleared to practice on Tuesday, then the league will start the clock on his suspension beginning Wednesday. The Knicks have eight games left this season, which would mean Noah would only miss the first 12 games of 2017-18. No matter what, Noah will not see the court again this season, so he should be left on waivers in all leagues.
Mar 28 - 9:27 AM

Jeff Hornacek said there's a possibility that Joakim Noah (knee) will be able to return to practice on Tuesday.

Noah was initially given a 3-4 week timetable after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and Sunday marked the end of Week-4. He's going to be re-evaluated by the Knicks training staff tomorrow morning, and if cleared to play, he'll be able to begin serving his 20-game suspension. Noah will not play again this season, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in all formats.
Mar 27 - 6:13 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said on Saturday that he believes that Joakim Noah (knee) will be medically cleared to return this season.

Getting Noah cleared is now a priority for the Knicks, as Noah's drug-related suspension can begin only once he is deemed physically able to play. If Noah is not cleared prior to the end of this season, he will have to serve the full 20-game suspension in 2017-18.
Mar 25 - 12:03 PM

The NBA announced on Saturday that Joakim Noah's 20-game suspension for a drug violation will begin only when Noah is "eligible and physically able to play."

It was initially reported late Friday night that Noah would begin serving his suspension immediately, which meant he would be suspended for the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of the 2017-18 campaign. However, the Knicks have to prove he is actually able to play before the suspension can commence. Noah had knee surgery back on Feb. 27, and it was assumed he'd miss the rest of the regular season. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks attempt to prove he is "game ready" over the next few weeks.
Mar 25 - 10:47 AM

The NBA has suspended Joakim Noah 20 games for violating its anti-drug program.

This means he will be suspended for the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of the 2017-18 season. Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the CBA, but he cooperated fully with the league’s probe and the National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t "knowingly or willingly" violated the policy. Noah is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that he had on Feb. 27, and while he wasn't expected to return this season anyways, he recently started running and conditioning. That contract is looking pretty awful right now.
Mar 25 - 2:08 AM

Joakim Noah (knee) will begin strength work on Monday and will begin running soon.

In case you missed it, Noah said he's targeting a return in April even if the Knicks are eliminated from playoff contention. "It sucks. Frustrating to not be able to be out there," Noah said. "It’s been frustrating to not be able to do right for this team this year. Just want to go out there and be able to play at a high level. It’s a setback. I just got to bounce back." It's not a lock that Noah will play again this season because the Knicks will want to get an extended look at Willy Hernangomez, so there's simply no stash appeal here.
Mar 6 - 9:23 AM

Joakim Noah (knee) is hopeful that he'll be able to return to the court by April.

Noah was reportedly walking around well, without a limp on Sunday, and he said that he's going to begin strength training on Monday. Even if Noah can get back by April, that would just give him two weeks before the end of the regular-season, so there's no reason to stash him in any setting.
Mar 5 - 2:40 PM

Joakim Noah underwent successful arthroscopic left knee surgery on Monday, and he will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.

Noah's New York homecoming has been nothing short of disastrous, and it only gets worse when you realize Phil Jackson signed this man to a four-year deal worth $72 million during the offseason. The initial report speculated that Noah could miss the rest of the season after this procedure, so the only positive here is that he'll be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn will be manning the five spot moving forward, and both those guys look like quality speculative adds, with Hernangomez offering the most upside. Noah can be cut everywhere.
Feb 27 - 3:11 PM

Joakim Noah is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season.

Just when we thought his contract couldn't look any worse. This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, so it's more than credible. Noah's hamstring is the reason he's been sidelined recently, so the knee issue is coming out of nowhere -- this is the same knee he injured back in 2014, but it's reportedly unrelated. We'll have an update when the Knicks address this, but Willy Hernangomez should be picked up in all standard leagues. Kyle O'Quinn gets a nice boost as well. Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that Noah's surgery is scheduled for Monday night.

Joakim Noah (hamstring) will not play against the 76ers on Saturday.

He is also not expected to play on Monday. The Knicks are in no rush to bring him back, especially with how well Willy Hernangomez is playing lately. Noah isn't worth owning while Hernangomez should be owned in all leagues and will be a popular DFS play. Kyle O'Quinn also benefits.
Feb 25 - 5:54 PM

Joakim Noah (left hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Sixers.

Noah has missed each of the Knicks last six games. Willy Hernangomez is expected to draw another start on Saturday. Willy is averaging 11.5 points (on 51.4 percent shooting), 10.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the four games he has started this season. Kyle O'Quinn should also continue to see additional minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 1:34 PM

Joakim Noah (left hamstring) was not able to practice on Wednesday.

Noah has already been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cavs, so it's not at all surprising to see him sit out Wednesday's practice, as it looks like he could be dealing with another lengthy absence after tweaking the injury just before the break. Willy Hernangomez will be drawing the start on Thursday night, and Kyle O'Quinn will have the opportunity for some extended minutes with the second unit.
Feb 22 - 12:50 PM

Joakim Noah (left hamstring) will not play on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

This will be the sixth game in a row on the shelf for the oft-injured big man as he tweaked his hamstring again right before the All-Star break. Based on his history, don't expect him back soon. Willy Hernangomez will draw the start according to coach Jeff Hornacek and looks like a great pickup in standard leagues. Kyle O'Quinn also gets a nice bump.
Feb 21 - 8:04 PM

Courtney Lee (illness) and Joakim Noah (left hamstring) did not practice on Tuesday.

Noah missed the last five games before the break, so it's a concern that he's not 100 percent yet. The Knicks could be sellers at the trade deadline and Noah's outlook would take a hit if they started rebuilding, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues. Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez benefit every time Noah sits, but Hernangomez has the better outlook.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Ron Baker
3Chasson Randle
4Sasha Vujacic
SG1Courtney Lee
2Justin Holiday
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Lance Thomas
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Mindaugas Kuzminskas
3Maurice Ndour
C1Joakim Noah
2Willy Hernangomez
3Kyle O'Quinn
4Marshall Plumlee