As the New York Knicks anticipate the return of Kristaps Porzingis, they will continue to build around a young nucleus.
Under new head coach David Fizdale, there was a belief he could try to reincorporate veteran center Joakim Noah back into the fold. However, the Knicks will reportedly look to waive Noah if they cannot agree to a buyout or find a trade partner.
Noah signed a massive contract under former executive Phil Jackson, and he still has two years and $37.8 million remaining on the deal. Instead of trying to become more competitive with aging veterans, the team will look toward youngsters like Kevin Knox, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Frank Ntilikina while Porzingis recovers from ACL surgery.
Noah appeared in just seven games last season as he dealt with a suspension and injury. He is a two-time All-Star and won the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Two veterans the Knicks will likely count on in 2018-19 will include center Enes Kanter and wing Courtney Lee.
Over the summer, the Knicks also went out and added former lottery picks Mario Hezonja and Noah Vonleh. General manager Scott Perry took the same strategy last season, adding Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke to the NBA roster.
By going with a young core, the Knicks will position themselves well for future free agencies. The Knicks have long been an attractive destination, and if the team can prove that it is a core worth building around, the organization could attract stars like Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler.
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