Report: Joakim Noah ‘Almost Certainly’ Following Derrick Rose to the Knicks for $18 Million Per Year

Bryan Brandom
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Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose spent eight seasons together as members of the Chicago Bulls.

Now they'll reportedly spend at least one as teammates on the New York Knicks.

According to the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps, the Knicks will "almost certainly" bring the New York native into the fold for an expected salary of $18 million per year. The team made a splash last week when they traded Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant to Chicago for Rose and a second-round draft pick.

ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed the sentiment, reporting that other teams are tempering their pursuit of the nine-year veteran because his coming to the Knicks is a foregone conclusion.

Noah, 31, battled injuries in 2015-16, and his numbers suffered as a result. The center shot a miserable 38.3 percent from the field, averaging 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1 block in 21.9 minutes per game before giving in to a hurt shoulder that limited him to 29 games.

Prior to last season, however, Noah proved to be an integral part of the Bulls' success, both as a defensive leader and, thanks to elite passing skills from the center position, as a facilitator on offense.

In the three seasons prior to 2015-16, Noah averaged 10.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game.

NBA teams can't negotiate with or sign free agents until Friday, July 1. There's no word yet on the length of Noah's supposed deal. Rose's contract will expire after 2016-17.