According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Cowley, Joakim Noah won't be re-signing with the Chicago Bulls. Noah is a free agent this summer and has spent his entire nine-year career with the Bulls. However, he is reportedly telling his Chicago teammates that he will be signing elsewhere this offseason.
Noah has been telling teammates in recent weeks that he was done with the organization once free agency begins, and "has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction,'' according to a Bulls player.
The player was asked if Noah's feelings had anything to do with first-year coach Fred Hoiberg and the tension that developed between the two early in the season, when Noah lost his starting job. The player insisted that Noah didn't bring up the rift as an explanation for his desire to bolt.
What was offered up, however, was the notion that there seems to be a complete mistrust multiple players have toward general manager Gar Forman, with Noah leading that charge.
Noah is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, where he averaged just 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. Also, he had season-ending shoulder surgery which limited him to only 29 games this season. This has all been part of Noah's slow decline since he won the Defensive Player of the Year award and was fourth in MVP voting in 2014. Noah's athleticism has seemed to diminish and his inability to score around the basket has been a problem for the Bulls. The 31-year-old may be past his prime.
Noah also never truly got on the same page as Hoiberg when he was controversially told to come off the bench, a move Noah did not agree with and one that didn't really make a positive impact for the Bulls.
Yet, Noah is still a skilled playmaker and solid defender who may be able to relive his past glory in a new setting. Based off of Cowley's report, it seems like Noah's patience and belief in the Bulls has run its course. and this could be the best decision for both parties.