Sources indicate the likeliest scenario still is Noah becoming a stretch-provision waiver at the Sept. 1 landmark date — as first reported by The Post. Waiting until Sept. 1 would enable the Knicks to maximize their salary-cap savings while not having Noah’s $72 million deal strangle their cap for too many years. Of course, things can change. There’s hope among Knicks brass the team can find a trading partner for Noah, who played seven games this past season.
“He reached out to me and just congratulated me,’’ Fizdale said at Tuesday’s press conference. “I’m not putting a ceiling on anybody. Whoever is on our team in front of me is going to get my full attention to investment. He’s obviously given me fits from back in the days. I’ve got some Noah nightmares from when he was in Chicago, some of those wars. I’m not putting a cap on anybody.”
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.”