According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the L.A. Clippers are signing veteran free agent center Joakim Noah.

Noah, who turned 35 last month, had rebounded from a miserable late-career stint with the New York Knicks by being an effective backup center for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19. Playing 16 minutes a night in 42 appearances after being picked up mid-season, Noah averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2 assists per game, looking more like himself than he ever did in New York.

However, Noah reportedly suffered a career-threatening injury this summer, and his ability to return to the NBA was in question.

But for a Clippers team that needs another option to close games at center besides Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell, the former defensive player of the year gives Doc Rivers a trustworthy situational center on the bench.

Noah fills the Clippers’ final roster spot–and if he contributes as much as fellow mid-season signee Reggie Jackson, the team will have addressed their roster weaknesses better than we could have hoped.

Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.


  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    Holy shit I can respond.

    ‘Bout time he signed!

  • Avatar Minion94 says:

    Interesting. I’d love to see him come in and give Trez some rest in the final stretch of the season and anchor the third unit defense (since they’ve been getting some run recently).

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    I’m interested in seeing what he has left, but his injury situation has been bugging me. I’ve seen “career threatening” reported in a lot of places, but I haven’t been able to figure out what the injury actually was (I’m guessing it’s related to the knee injury he suffered towards the end of last season).

    In any case, this is a great signing for the 15th roster spot, and the FO has been on fire lately.

  • Avatar dhpat says:

    One of our members posted on the old website that if we can get 5-10 min. out of Noah if Trez or Zubs get into foul trouble, this signing will be valuable. If I’m correct, since Noah was not on a team during the current season, he will be playoff eligible if the Clippers sign him for the rest of the season.

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    This is a great option for if/when Zu gets in early foul trouble in the playoffs against a Jokic or Embid.

  • Avatar 8sp0rts8 says:

    Glad they have another body to throw out with the 3rd stringers in garbage time. Not a fan of Green & Shamet, who are regular rotation guys, playing in garbage time with 3rd stringers.

    Noah, PatPat, Coffey, McGruder & Mann is a good group to soak up meaningless minutes

  • Avatar lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    A month later: This is a nice photo of the personable Mr. Harrell.

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