New York Knicks trade rumors 2016: Joakim Noah close to joining the Knicks?

(Reuters/Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah trying to steal the ball during a game versus the New York Knicks.

A reunion might happen this free agency as the New York Knicks are seen as favorites to sign veteran center Joakim Noah and an amount for the potential deal is already circulating. 

Noah is an unrestricted free agent and after the past season which was filled with setbacks on- and off-court, it is expected that he is not re-signing with the Chicago Bulls. The 31-year-old center lost the starting job he owned for the majority of his career, suffered injuries that limited him to only 29 games, and had contract issues with the organization. 

However, the Knicks were not always viewed as frontrunners for Noah, until last week, when they acquired 2011 Most Valuable Player (MVP) point guard Derrick Rose via trade from the Bulls. 

The trade deal included center Robin Lopez, who was New York's starting center in the 2015–16 season. Because of this, the Knicks started searching for a new main man at the no. 5 position and Noah is one of the most experienced players available on the market. Along with this, Rose, expressed the desire to play with him again and admitted that he began recruiting the big man right after he headed to the Big Apple. 

According to reports, Noah's possible contract with the Knicks is going to earn him around $18 million per year. Not a bad amount, considering the team is getting a veteran who can still contribute if given enough playing time. The former Florida Gator is also an energy guy and him playing with rookie star Kristaps Porzingis provides the Knicks a deadly frontcourt. 

As of now, all of these are speculations and no contract may be signed yet. However, a verbal agreement between the Knicks and Noah could be accomplished as soon as the calendar shifts to July and that could start a new relationship.