It's unlikely that Joakim Noah will ever play for the New York Knicks again and at this point, his future in the NBA is in serious doubt.
The veteran is currently exiled from the Knicks team after an altercation with head coach Jeff Hornacek during a practice session last month.
The 32-year-old and the organisation mutually agreed to a leave of absence until further notice following the incident.
Noah's reason for confronting his coach in a heated manner was due to frustration at playing just 11 minutes in a loss to the Golden State Warriors the night before.
The center was painted as the villain and received most of the criticism for what happened but it now appears that Hornacek deserves his fair share of the blame.
According to The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy, things got physical between the pair but it was Hornacek who shoved Noah first before they were eventually separated.
It's no secret that the Knicks tried to trade Noah away before the deadline but, unsurprisingly, no team was willing to take on his huge contract.
The former Chicago Bulls big man is due to earn around $38 million over the next two years. The franchise has no plans to buy him out, either.
The two-time All-Star underwent surgery at the end of last season to repair a torn rotator cuff and also missed the start of this campaign after he was suspended by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
His former Bulls teammate Jimmy Butler said he spoke to him recently and revealed that he's just keen to get back on the court and contribute.
“I know Jo’ wants to play. He wants to help win. He’s a great dude,” said Butler, per Bondy. “I talked to him a little bit, not a lot. All in all, I want him to be happy. Because you can’t go to work every day, being with the same people every day, if you’re not happy. That’s not good for anybody.”
The former NBA Defensive Player of the Year has made just seven appearances this season, averaging 1.7 points and two boards per game in 5.7 minutes.
Even if he does receive a buyout from New York and hits the open market, it'll be unlikely that a team picks him up for the remainder of this campaign.
His future in the league is up in the air and his dust-up with his coach will only make him a less attractive player for teams to pick up.News Now - Sport News