Joakim Noah Joins Clippers Through 2020/21 NBA Season

Joakim Noah at New York Fashion Week in 2017. Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

Los Angeles Clippers officially added center Joakim Noah. The former NBA Defensive Player of the Year will join the organization for the rest of this season and the 2020/21 NBA season. Reportedly, however, the next season of Noah’s deal isn’t guaranteed.

Noah previously joined the Clippers on a 10-day contract in March but failed to play a single game with the organization before the NBA suspended its activities due to coronavirus pandemic.

The 35-year-old center’s most recent stint in NBA includes 42 games with Memphis Grizzlies last season, during which he averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.

Noah fills a position of need for Clippers, as they don’t have a classic rim protector on their roster. He should also raise the team’s defensive profile, as Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac, who played at the center for the major part of the season, are more offense-minded players.

Joakim Noah started his NBA career with Chicago Bulls, who took him ninth overall in the 2007 NBA Draft. During his time in Chicago, Noah emerged as one of the league’s best defensive players and ended up winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 while also earning two All-Star appearances. He also spent two, mostly frustrating, years with New York Knicks.

LA Clippers are considered to be one of the favorites for the NBA title this year. Before the NBA suspended its season, Clippers were second in the West with 44-20 record.