Could Joakim Noah Be an Option at Center?
The Los Angeles Lakers are back with their target on moving up to dare we say Showtime, nah, how about just getting back into the playoffs and doing some serious damage. Now that LeBron James is in the picture. There are plenty of new faces, including veterans like JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, and Lance Stephenson. Given Joakim Noah is potentially available, could he be a good trade option?
For now, the center rotation consists of McGee, Ivica Zubac, and rookie Moritz Wagner. While McGee has been impressive in preseason, he hasn’t logged major minutes over the last five years of his career.
Counting on him to play full-time starters minutes may be a risky proposition.
However Zubac is hoping to have a bounce-back year after a disappointing season last year. The boy can block shots and has a strong presence around the rim.
Wagner shows promise with his ability to stretch the floor but he is currently recovering from injury and will need some time to get back up to speed.
Thus, the Lakers could use another presence in the paint, and Noah, in his prime, could do the things the Lakers need: defend and rebound.
At 33, it’s just not as realistic as Joakim to get major minutes without the risk of some kind of physical breakdown that we’ve seen with other bigs like Andrew Bynum.