March 8, 2020
Joakim Noah, the 35-year-old center will be joining the Los Angeles Clippers next week according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
This move means Noah will be coached by Doc Rivers who of course knows Noah quite well, as he spent over a decade as a coach in the Eastern Conference and coached against Noah and the Bulls in one of the most entertaining playoff series in NBA history.
He has not played this season, instead working out in New York and Los Angeles to recover from Achilles tendon surgery.
“The grind can’t stop. This is all I know,” Noah posted on his Instagram account in January with a photo of him running on a track. “4 months post achilles surgery and I’m back on the track. My goal is to get back out there and compete. I’ve had many surgeries but coming back from this would be very rewarding.”
Noah, a 12-year NBA veteran, averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 42 games last season for Memphis, where he landed after a buyout from the New York Knicks.
Noah spent his first 9 NBA seasons with the Chicago Bulls, earning All-Star nods in 2013 and 2014 and the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.
He boasts NBA career averages of 8.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 rebounds a game over 667 games.