Knicks president Steve Mills divorced himself from any responsibility of signing Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal — arguably the worst free-agent signing in Knicks history.
Noah, waived in a stretch provision late in training camp, compounded his disastrous stint further by saying last week he partied and drank too much as a Knick. Noah’s altercation last January with ex-Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek was the final straw as he was banished from the team.
“Obviously I’m disappointed it worked out the way it worked out,” Mills said. “I don’t know that, had it been just my decision, I don’t know that I would have signed him.”
Mills was GM at the time of Noah’s signing in the summer of 2016. Phil Jackson was president, and as previously reported here, top adviser Clarence Gaines Jr. pushed for the Noah deal most.
Noting Noah’s recent remarks about partying too much as a Knick, Mills said their decision not to want him back on the club is justified. Noah recently signed with Memphis and will make his return to the Garden on Feb. 3.