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The Knicks are the "big favorite" to sign Joakim Noah

The starting price is said to be $18 million.

Kristaps won't have to worry about this anymore.
Kristaps won't have to worry about this anymore.
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The forces pulling together Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks seem irresistible at this point.The online rumor pressure continued to build and build and build underneath Source Mountain until it finally erupted in the waning moments of Wednesday night:

This begs the question: Are the Knicks his choice for basketball reasons, or simply because they intend to offer him the most money? If The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps is correct, New York isn't messing around on the financial front.

Starting around $18 million? You mean it could go up? That may very well happen, especially if the front office gets panicky after Noah does this:

OK, so it seems clear the Knicks are going to pay a great deal of money to a tremendous defensive player who missed all but 29 games last season and shot 38.3% from the field (as a center!). The real question now is for how many years? This may remain a mystery for a while longer. Please, Phil, let's keep it at two years ... with no player option! Team option, cool; player option, bad!

One thing is certain: Kristaps Porzingis is going to have himself a hell of a mentor as he continues to learn the center position.