Nerlens Noel – Are the Knicks interested in another reunion?

According to Hoops Hype’s Michael Scotto, the Knicks are one of several teams that have expressed “exploratory interest” in signing center forward Nerlens Noel. The 29-year-old, whose last NBA action came with the Brooklyn Nets in 2023, previously took part in coach Tom Thibodeau’s first two seasons with the Knicks (2020-22).

Injuries in New York’s frontcourt have forced Thibodeau and Co. to turn to old friends, as Taj Gibson is back with the team in the latter stages of a second 10-day contract. Scotto’s report says the Knicks checked Noel’s availability before returning Gibson to his 10-day set.

The Knicks (33-22) must make a move on Gibson’s fate, as players can only sign two 10-day contracts with the same team. While adding Noel likely wouldn’t move the needle on the Knicks’ championship chances, New York likely wants in-house assistance thanks to an onslaught of injuries that led to four straight losses during this weekend’s All-Star festivities.