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Report: Bulls and Noah agree to extension

Posted on: October 3, 2010 11:43 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 11:50 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Well, it doesn't look like Joakim Noah is getting traded for Carmelo Anthony.

According to multiple outlets, Noah has agreed to a contract extension worth somewhere in the $60 million range over five years. The extension makes Noah only the second player in the class of 2007 to sign an extended deal, Kevin Durant being the other player.

Noa probably earned the big payday last season as he averaged 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in his thirs season. He became known as one of the East's best intertior defenders and his energy and effort is something that's become a calling-card for Noah. And evidently he is something valuable enough that the Bulls said no to trading him for Carmelo and also paid him $12 million a year.

The Bulls were on the clock too. If the two sides could not come to an agreement by Nov. 1, Noah could be a restricted free agent after next season and then an unrestricted free agent. And according to Smith, the two sides were stalled in the recent weeks with the Bulls offering $55-57 million over five years while Noah wanted somewhere in the $65 million range. So it looks like there was a nice compromise.

But what does it mean for Chicago? The Bulls made big news this offseason giving huge money to Carlos Boozer, plus Derrick Rose is only a few seasons away from an extension from Chicago. With $12 million a year locked up in Noah, plus the big money owed to Luol Deng, the Bulls will have over half their total salary wrapped up in four players.

And also think about Ken Berger's recent report about the potential for a new hard cap. Noah's salary could hog as much as a quarter of the Bulls' total payroll and with all the salary and CBA stuff up in the air, maybe it made sense for Chicago to let Noah test the restricted free agent market. But then again, Noah was important enough to them to turn down Anthony, so obviously they weren't willing to risk him next summer.

What's also interesting about Noah's extension is that it probably gives some sort of measuring bar for the Hawks to go off of for Al Horford's looming extension. Horford has been working actively with the Hawks to get something done and now there's a five-year $60 million deal to base things off of from another center from his same draft class that he competes against.

Is Noah worth $60 million? A few other big men making around $12 million a year are Antwan Jamison, Andrew Bogut, Josh Smith, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nene, Al Jefferson and Chris Kaman. Is Noah in that category? Not necessarily statistically, but in terms of importance to his team, you could probably say so.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2010 8:09 pm

Report: Bulls and Noah agree to extension

Bulldog I definitely agree with u that they will be even better this year then they were last.

And again I say I know Noah is pretty close to irreplaceable in this league, but Denver is loaded with bigs waitin to be shopped.

Somehow throw either Chris Anderson, K-mart, or nene.  I know none are true centers, but 2/3 are Defensive beasts.

Melo + 1 of those 3 is better then Noah + a draft pick

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2010 7:27 pm

Report: Bulls and Noah agree to extension

The only weakness the Heat has is their big men. With Noah it gives the Bulls a chance to keep the Heat out of the paint and having to knock down jumpers. That is how you are going to have to beat them. Noah will get better at scoring. Melo is a great scorer. He puts people in the seats but we won't be able to outscore the Heat. With Boozer (if he gets healthy ever) and Noah in the middle it gives the Bulls contention in the East. Hinrich was an okay player. Not worth the money he was making. I like how the team is put together. They will be a top team in the east. They are young and on the rise with Noah and Rose. They will both be even better then they were last year.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:03 pm

Report: Bulls and Noah agree to extension

It almost seems crazy how fans, even GM's are so quick to forget that this is a SUPERSTARS' league. 

Now without a doubt noah is a great center, top 3 young centers in the east - maybe even the league.

But Carmelo Anthony is a scoring machine, top 6 or 7 players in the league, in most NBA fans opinion its as freakin no brainer for Chicago to get Melo.

Noah doesnt sell tix, and Noah is awesome but he aint even close to Melo. 

I don't think Chi will live up to their lofty expectations this season.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:12 pm

Report: Bulls and Noah agree to extension

Is Noah worth the money?  Of course.  Look at the players that Berger compared him to.  Antawn Jamison.  Good scorer, decent rebounder when he decides to, but no team impact as evidenced in Cleveland last year.  Bogut - Besides scoring Noah has better numbers.  Josh Smith is get more blocks and scores more, but gets fewer rebounds and is inconsistent.  LaMarcus Aldridge has more offense, but let defense and rebounding. Nene is not even close, Al Jefferson when healthy is way better and Chris Kaman shows flashes but is not as consistent.  So based on Berger's selected comparisons I'd have to say Noah is worth it.  Plus, he has a big motor and is a good team player.  And in comparison with Horford, who is smaller, he is way more consistent.  So of course, Noah is worth every penny.  Now if we can just get the oft injured Boozer to stop tripping at home we may have a contender in the East.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 8:42 am

Report: Bulls and Noah agree to extension

noah is definitely a decent player and a force of defense, but I think they overpayed a good bit for someone with no post game whatsoever. I guess though, since he's paired with boozer has great post moves, but hasn't played defense since coach k bullied him into it, it works out. i'm still a little disappointed the bulls shipped out Captain Kirk, but still pretty excited about this team. 

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