(670 The Score) The heart and soul of the Bulls for nearly a decade, Joakim Noah appears set to leave the game he leaves so much.
Noah was waived by the Clippers and is headed toward retirement, his agent, Billy Duffy, told ESPN on Tuesday evening. After winning two national championships at Florida, Noah was drafted by the Bulls at No. 9 overall in 2007 and played nine seasons in Chicago, where he earned two All-Stars nods, all-defensive team recognition three times and the unending love and adulation of the fan base.
Noah’s best season was in 2013-14, when he earned first-team all-NBA honors and was fourth in the MVP race while averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals while leading the Derrick Rose-less Bulls to the playoffs.
Noah is first in Bulls history in offensive rebounds, third in blocks and fourth in rebounds.
Noah left the Bulls in summer 2016, when he joined the Knicks on a four-year, $72-million deal. He played two seasons with the Knicks before having a stint with the Grizzlies in 2018-’19. He joined the Clippers on a 10-day contract before the coronavirus halted NBA action and ended up playing five games for them.
Noah has kept a strong relationship with the Bulls organization since leaving Chicago. The Bulls are also now led by new coach Billy Donovan, for whom Noah played under at Florida. So if Noah is interested, it's possible he could join the organization in some capacity down the line after retirement.