Memphis Grizzlies center Joakim Noah is happy to finally be back on the court, and in action, following his departure from the New York Knicks recently.
While things didn’t pan out for Noah in New York, who waived him prior to the start of the season by using the stretch provision on the remainder of his deal, Noah says he was too much for New York, believing it wasn’t a fit for him either.
“I remember after the first game (in New York) I probably had like 60 people in my house,” Noah said, according to Grind City Media’s Chris Vernon. “I’m too lit to play in New York City. Memphis is perfect for me.”
“We were lit in Chicago, but I was young. You recover faster, you know?”
Noah also discussed his departure from New York.
“It happened so fast,” Noah said. “One year I’m playing 35 minutes a game. And then injuries started piling up. I got this crazy deal with the Knicks, and then the next thing you know I’m not playing anymore. Get kicked off the team. It was a crazy time. I wasn’t sure I was gonna get an opportunity to play again.”
Noah, who has looked much better during his stint with Memphis, is glad to be playing for the Grizzlies.
“I got the call from Memphis. … I decided that this was a good fit,” Noah said. “I’m just really, really happy to be here.”
Rockets, Clippers Interested in Andre Iguodala
According to the report, the Grizzlies have tried to find a suitable trade partner to ship out Iguodala in the hopes of getting some value back, and have engaged in talks with the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets at different points.
In regards to the Rockets, they are still not comfortable with the idea of going deep in the luxury tax just to land Iguodala.
The Clippers appear to be resistant in giving up newly acquired forward Mo Harkless in landing Iguodala.
Grizzlies’ Tyus Jones Excited for New Team, Thankful for Time in Minnesota
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones is excited for what will come next in his career with his new team, but he is also appreciative of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who gave him the chance to play in his home state.
“I’ve just got a lot of emotions right now,” Jones said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
“I don’t really know how exactly to feel. I’m just excited. I’m just ready for my next chapter of my career and my life.”
Jones showed his appreciation to the Wolves.
“I’m thankful. It’s a situation where I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my home state, and for four years at that,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that. For me, it’s a chance to play in my home state as my first taste of the NBA and to help me get acclimated to the NBA lifestyle.
“It was nothing but a blessing. I am very thankful for that and look at it as nothing but a positive. Now I get to take that next step in my journey and my career, and I’m excited for that.”
Clippers Could Be Interested in Andre Iguodala
The Los Angeles Clippers may not be done building their roster following the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
According to ESPN’s Marc Spears, the Clippers have an interested in Memphis Grizzlies’ Andre Iguodala.
The Grizzlies appear intent on dealing Iguodala shortly after acquiring him from the Golden State Warriors earlier this offseason.
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