HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

June 22, 2014 Updates

Saturday’s news that the Bulls have engaged the Magic in trade talks for veteran swingman Arron Afflalo did little to change their goal of aggressively trying to overhaul the roster. League sources said targeting Afflalo, who averaged a career-high 18.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting last season, serves two purposes. It signals to primary target Carmelo Anthony the win-now mentality the Bulls must have with Joakim Noah turning 30 next February and Derrick Rose coming off back-to-back knee surgeries. Chicago Tribune

June 8, 2014 Updates

Chicago, said to be Love’s other preferred destination, has the 16th and 19th picks in this year’s draft in addition to burgeoning talents Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Gibson, who will turn 29 this month, is deceptively old. It’s unclear whether the Bulls would throw the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah, onto the table. Boston Herald

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At season's end, Gobert planned to go home to France for a few weeks but will return to the United States at the end of this month. He feels like he made plenty of progress despite seeing limited playing time in his first NBA season and is confident that, in the future, he can become an integral part of Utah's plans to build a winning team for this franchise. "Of course, of course," he said when asked if he was a different player in April than he was last November. "Basketball and outside (the game), too. I'm more confident; I'm stronger, I'm better, so of course. "I look at Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah and those players, and I think I can be — not the same player, of course we are different, you know — I can be that type of player. I can be especially defensively but offensively too, I think." Deseret News

May 3, 2014 Updates

According to several sources, including a teammate, Noah’s All-Star Weekend “conversation’’ with New York Knicks standout Carmelo Anthony didn’t end in New Orleans. They had discussions via text the rest of the season, including the day after the Bulls were eliminated in the playoffs by the Washington Wizards. “I was kidding Jo that they were boys now,’’ a source said in a phone interview Friday. “ ‘Well, get your boy to come to Chicago.’ ’’ Chicago Sun-Times

May 2, 2014 Updates

The Chicago Bulls announced today that center Joakim Noah successfully underwent minor arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee. The procedure was performed at Rush Oak Park Hospital by Chicago Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole. He is expected to rehab his left knee during the offseason for the next eight to 12 weeks. CBSSports.com

So Phil’s got to get a star if he loses Anthony. I’ve heard this one: The Knicks get Noah and the Bulls get Tyson Chandler, a good expiring deal so they can go after Kevin Love next year, and Iman Shumpert, who is from Chicago and a good defender who Thibs would like and Pablo Prigioni, a good backup point if they lose Augustin and Hinrich. The Bulls gets three for one. How could they pass on that? Oh, right, they give up the only good player in the deal. Just what the Knicks might be thinking regarding Anthony. NBA.com

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So, of course, there were glares between the two. ‘‘I remember one day we were working out at the Berto Center, and Thibs was putting me through a real hard workout,’’ Noah said this week. ‘‘I told him, ‘You know, Thibs, if we weren’t winning games, I would really, really hate you.’ And he said, ‘Trust me, Jo, I feel the same way about you.’ ’’ Noah wasn’t far off. ‘‘Initially, it was hard to run things [with Noah],’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I talked to his college coach [Florida’s Billy Donovan], and he told me the same thing and that basically [Noah] got better every year. His first few years in the league, I was in Boston, so I had that perspective. Maybe that was good in some ways because you see him in a different light. Chicago Sun-Times

Well, that didn’t take long. Forget Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards being heated. For the Bulls, it started at the end of the Friday morning shootaround. Joakim Noah and Wizards security manager Jackie Miles got into a back-and-forth exchange of expletives. Miles came onto the Verizon Center hardwood and started screaming for Bulls players to exit so the Wizards could start their shootaround. Noah is usually the last Bull off the court in shootarounds, going through his morning routine, and wasn’t having any of it. Chicago Sun-Times

This wasn’t the first time it happened. In a visit to the nation’s capital back in January, Miles pulled the same thing, yelling to Bulls players to get off “my court.’’ There was no incident back then, but it was not appreciated nor forgotten. Wizards PR had to settle down their security guy back on that day, and again on Friday, after Bulls assistant general manager Randy Brown and Bulls director of security Erick Buck also tried to calm the situation. “Guy’s a clown,’’ one member of the Bulls travelling party said. As far as how the situation ended? Noah finished the rest of his routine, and did so on his own schedule. Chicago Sun-Times

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