For the first time in his career, Joakim Noah will hit unrestricted free agency this summer. Noah has spent his first nine seasons with the Bulls and won Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, the same year he finished fourth in MVP voting. But injuries have hampered his last two seasons, and he had season-ending shoulder surgery in January. Still, he should be sought-after this summer by several teams.
Judging from an interview Noah gave to Sportando during adidas’ EuroCamp in Italy, he’s ready to move on from the Bulls.
Sportando: This will be your first time as a free-agent, are you already thinking about that or are you taking your time?
Noah: I’m very focused on free-agency. I spent the last 10 years in Chicago, there were good moments and bad moments but now I have an incredible opportunity for a player, being recruited by a team, I definitely want to live that kind of experience. It’s new for me but it’s something very intriguing for a player.
Sportando: So are you going to consider other offers, right?
Noah: Sure. I’ll consider every offer on the table, no doubt.
It’s not a surprise at all that Noah will probably not be back in Chicago. He was unhappy with his reduced role under Fred Hoiberg this season, and the Bulls are headed for a rebuild after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Other teams will be willing to offer him more money, and probably more playing time, than the Bulls will.