Free-agent center Joakim Noah is heading to Memphis after being released by the Knicks just before the NBA season opener.
According to The Athletic, Noah and the Grizzlies agreed to terms Friday on a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract. Noah is expected to travel to Memphis on Sunday and sign his deal early next week, the report says.
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Noah, 33, played only 53 games for New York over the last two seasons after signing a four-year, $72 million contract in July 2016. He saw action in seven games for the Knicks last season, totaling 40 minutes, and he left the team in late January after a dispute with then-coach Jeff Hornacek.
Noah also was suspended 20 games after violating the NBA’s drug policy in March 2017.
The 6-11 center spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Bulls before he joined the Knicks. He made two All-Star teams and was the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year during his time with Chicago.
Marc Gasol is the only true center on the Grizzlies roster and leads the team in rebounding (9.4 per game). The Grizzlies are 12-8, good for first place in the Southwest Division and sixth in the Western Conference, entering Friday’s game at Brooklyn.