According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, New York Knicks center Joakim Noah could miss the rest of the season after having surgery.
Two post-trade deadline Woj bombs for the New York Knicks isn’t quite what fans were hoping for, but it’s making for some entertaining reading on a Monday afternoon.
First, it was backup point guard Brandon Jennings being released, and now Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that starting center Joakim Noah will likely miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery.
Knicks' center Joakim Noah is likely to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and miss rest of season, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 27, 2017
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne says it’s the same knee he injured in 2014, but the injury is recent.
It’s another setback for Knicks President Phil Jackson. That makes two of his marquee free agent acquisitions this summer certified failures for the 2016-17 season. The Zen certainly won’t be getting any votes for Executive of the Year.
That four-year, $72 million contract that Jackson gave to Noah could go down as one of the worst in the history of the franchise. Right now, it looks that way.
In 46 games, Noah is averaging 22.1 minutes, 5.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.7 steals on a slash line of .495/.000/.436.