Jerry Zgoda: Thibs says Bazz buyout will be finalized shortly. “He wasn’t playing as much as he would have liked and we told him we’d try to do the right thing for him. It’s a good opportunity for him to move on.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has waived forward Shabazz Muhammad. With the move, Minnesota’s roster stands at 15 players. Muhammad appeared in 32 games this season for the Wolves, averaging 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.
The stalemate with Knicks center Joakim Noah will continue and could last as long as Sept. 1. According to multiple sources, a buyout with Noah is not expected to occur by Thursday night’s deadline for waived players to be eligible for a playoff team.
Noah is unwilling to give up enough of his $72 million contract in a buyout to make it worthwhile for the Knicks to let him free. The Knicks feel there will be better options with Noah down the road — trading him this summer to get his money off the books entirely or, more likely, waiving him via the stretch provision when the magical date of Sept. 1 occurs. On Sept. 1, the calculation changes for the better and would save the Knicks at least $12 million more in cap space in the summer of 2019, when brass is targeting a free-agent splash.