There were some rumblings that new coach David Fizdale would "try" to talk to Noah to see if there was a way to bring him back into the fold.
According to Reuters, the Knicks front office is looking to use a little-known provision known as "waive-and-stretch" to part ways with Noah.
After the hiring of Fizdale in June, Knicks management didn't rule out the possibility of Noah rejoining the organization for the 2018-19 season, but that scenario has gained no traction, league sources said. That hasn't changed this offseason, as the Knicks haven't been willing to trade future assets in a salary dump and haven't come close to finding a deal, according to the report.
In doing so, the team would still have to pay Noah because he has compensation protection in his deal, but they could lessen the cap hit on the team's salary by stretching his deal out.
The Knicks are planning to part ways with Joakim Noah sometime after September 1, according to ESPN. The relationship spiraled after Noah and Hornacek had to be separated during a West Coast practice session in late January.
Ever since Joakim Noah and the Knicks agreed to take a mutually agreed upon break last winter, it has seemed like a split between the player and franchise was inevitable.
Phil Jackson signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal in 2016.
The Knicks pursued trades involving Noah ahead of the February deadline but were unable to find any suitable options, as teams have been reluctant to take on the remaining money owed Noah's way. He played 46 games in the 2016-17 season, losing time to various injuries and an arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Noah averaged 5 points and 8.8 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game in his first season in NY.