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Bulls may not trade Noah, but can they sign him?

Sep 24, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

Thumbnail image for noah_tired.jpgThe Chicago Bulls have certainly pumped up Joakim Noah’s value. All summer they talked about him as part of the young core of reinvigorated Bulls franchise. Then they refuse to include him in a deal for Carmelo Anthony.

But part two of that is signing him to an extension.

Noah will play this season for $3.1 million, then the Bulls can sign him to an extension or keep him via a one-year qualifying offer ($4.3 million), after which he would be a free agent. The Bulls and Noah have been talking extension.

But that has not been going well. Multiple sources have said that, but Hoopsworld‘s Alex Kennedy put it best in a tweet:

The contract extension the Chicago Bulls offered Joakim Noah several weeks ago was actually a five-year, $57 million deal. Noah isn’t happy.

There’s plenty of time to reach a deal, not ideal to have hanging over the season but not a huge issue. But the Bulls have to reach a deal. They have committed down this path with Noah as their anchor and energy big man in the paint. He is not a max deal guy, but they are really going to have to cough it up for him. It’s the price of winning.

Just something to keep an eye on going forward.

  1. Daniel - Sep 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    For a guy that only rebounds well, that’s a great deal for him. Scola got a similar deal, and he’s no Luis Scola. Take the deal Noah.

  2. 185 - Sep 24, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Only rebounds? Do you watch the Bulls? 2010 Playoffs Statistics
    PPG 14.8 RPG 13.00 APG 2.6 STL 1.8 BLK 1.4 EFF + 25.40
    Now, 15/13 = D. Howard numbers. Look at the AST/STL/BLK — doesn’t that prove he also defends. So, he scores at a decent clip, rebounds the hell out of the ball, and defends. What else do you want him to do? He’s also our heart and soul — a vocal leader. We need a vocal leader since D.Rose is so quiet and unassuming. Noah deserves a bit more than the 11M a year the Bulls have offered. I think an offer in the range of 60-65M would be more appropriate.

  3. Daniel - Sep 24, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    He gets his points off rebounds at the rim, he has no offensive game. Their offer was more than fair

  4. deiong - Sep 24, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    the guys ok, but have you seen him shot even a freethrow or beyond, he shots exactly the same way my daughter does. like a girl. but he’s got his uses for the bulls. i just think he’s overated. hopefully the bulls have a good year

  5. Bulls New Era - Sep 24, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    “the guys ok” but he’s not worth it or “overrated”? yeah I guess that’s why he’s a key factor in the Melo trading rumors. His impact on the Bulls team is way more than Deng’s…at least match that.

  6. Slim - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Noah is my favorite player on the team, I did’nt say the best player. thats a good offer, if it were me I would trade him for C. Anthony if he don’t sign by tomorrow. I hope he’s worked on some post-up moves this off season and not just hit that pipe.

  7. Slim - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Hey, Bulls New Era, Don’t even bring Deng’s name up in the conversation, thats an idiotic contract that Paxon gave him because Gordan would’nt sign and he was scared he was going to lose both of them.

  8. Slim - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    And 185, you’re giving his stats for only 6 games, 6 games does’nt make a season, I would love it if he did it for 82 games plus the playoffs.

  9. soupron - Sep 25, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    You haven’t been watching the Bulls lately. The long distance 2 pointers he makes along with a 3 now and then is making the kid start to shine. Some help in the middle so he doesn’t have to play 35 or more mins. every game should help.

  10. Joe - Sep 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Chicago will regret keeping JN. He is a decent player, but his ceiling was his playoff performance. The problem is Chicago seems to think that was a sign of things to come, not a ceiling. If the Bulls dont get Anthony because they refuse to give up Noah, they will regret it for the 5-10 years.

  11. travis - Sep 25, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    I dont get it.Yea he had a pretty good postseason but what do these people see in this guy? What the Bulls offered him is beyond crazy for him! he should snatch that up in a heartbeat! Have they ever seen him play other then the postseason??….All he is is the Bulls version of Anderson Varejo.

  12. Eric - Sep 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Noah is one ugly mug with the grace of a dump truck, but his value to the Bulls is unquestionable. It was proven last season when he was out with an injury and the Bulls went on their worst losing streak. Sounds cliche, but Noah’s got those intangibles that are the difference between winning and losing. Plus, averaging a double double for the season and being an unselfish vocal leader ain’t too shabby. There’s no way for us to know if he’s reached his potential already because he hasn’t hit his plateau yet.

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