NBA rumors have been swirling around Joakim Noah. With new Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg greatly reducing his role, Noah has been thinking about how he wants to continue his career in the National Basketball Association. Since he is 31 years of age, it makes sense that Joakim would want to be somewhere that will allow him to start. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the former Florida Gators star could be looking into signing with the Dallas Mavericks this upcoming summer.
Fred Hoiberg prefers a more uptempo offensive system that stretches the floor. Joakim Noah is more of a traditional center who has great court vision and belongs in standard half court offensive system. Noah isn’t exactly a fit for Hoiberg. Pau Gasol, on the other hand, is more of a fit. Hoiberg pegged Gasol as his starting center and sent Noah to the bench. Nikola Mirotic was inserted as the starting power forward because he could stretch the floor better than Joakim.
Provided that rehabilitation goes as planned, Joakim Noah should make a full recovery. He should be ready to play again when the NBA season starts next fall. The 6’11”, 230 pound center also becomes a free agent this summer. That means that he can choose where in the National Basketball Association that he wants to play. Considering the fact that Fred Hoiberg only wants Noah back as a bench player and probably at a reduced salary, one can hardly blame the All Star center for leaving the Chicago Bulls.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows the value of having an energetic and athletic center. Tyson Chandler was quite the asset for them, especially since his defensive prowess helped cover up for franchise player Dirk Nowitzki. Joakim Noah is a similar type of player. He’s a much better passer and has better court vision on offense than Chandler, the superior defender between the two centers.
Joakim Noah has spent nine season in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. That’s a very long time. The Bulls have to feel like home to Noah. However, sometimes you have to leave home. The Dallas Mavericks are waiting.
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