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New York's attempt to put together a roster capable of making a playoff run fell drastically short, and now the team is stuck with the contract unless they find an unlikely trade partner in the offseason.

First, it was backup point guard Brandon Jennings being released, and now Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that starting center Joakim Noah will likely miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery.

In 46 games, Noah is averaging 22.1 minutes, 5.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.7 steals on a slash line of.495/.000/.436. Noah is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

The Knicks signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract over the summer, believing he could anchor their defense.

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Noah's season has been defined in large part by various injuries, as he's also dealt with shoulder and hamstring issues.

Though 2016-17 has been tough, Noah will have an opportunity to fix what's bothering him physically and tweak his game to better fit the Knicks. Noah had a productive career as a defensive center with the Chicago Bulls, but the book has been out on Joakim for years.

With Noah sidelined, Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn will continue to split time at center.


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