Free-agent center Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks agreed on a four-year, $72 million deal, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne.
Phil Jackson, Steve Mills, Jeff Hornacek and several other front-office members of the Knicks met with Noah at an Orlando-area hotel for about three hours on Friday night before reaching an agreement that will bring Noah to his hometown.
“Dream come true” is how a source close to Noah described his feelings of playing for the Knicks.
The Knicks were 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.
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“Good talk with him. He’s excited, ” said Hornacek after the meeting.
The new Knicks head coach would have roughly $12 million in remaining cap space to fill up his roster after agreeing with Noah.
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.
Information from ESPN.com’s Ian Begley was used in this report