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The New York Knicks appear committed to signing free agent center Joakim Noah as soon as possible. Shortly after free agency began at midnight ET on Friday, The Vertical's Shams Charania reported that the two sides were working on a four-year deal worth more than $70 million.

 

The signing has seemed imminent for days now and it would represent not just a homecoming for Noah, who grew up in Hell's Kitchen, but an opportunity to continue playing with guard Derrick Rose. Noah and Rose have been teammates since the Bulls drafted Rose first overall eight years ago.

 

In 2014, Noah won Defensive Player of the Year and finished fifth in MVP voting. If he comes close to that level of play with the Knicks, this is a bargain.

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