The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the top teams in the Western Conference. They are currently second in the West with a record of 43-19. The Clippers are on a six-game winning streak that includes a 120-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday.
The Clippers have what it takes to become a contender and are arguably a few adjustments away from being the favorite. Now, the Clippers have added another center to their roster, as the end of the regular season grows closer and closer.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers have signed center Joakim Noah to a deal. Shams Charania added to that by saying that Noah’s deal will start as a 10-day contract.
Noah last played for the Memphis Grizzlies, when he signed with them in December of last season. He played 42 games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Since then, the center has remained a free agent up to this point.
During the summer, Noah worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers. He worked out with them after their then-recent signing DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL. The Lakers worked out a few centers but went with Dwight Howard, who is averaging 7.8 points and 7.5 rebounds this season.
Noah started his career with the Chicago Bulls, who drafted him in 2007. He spent nine seasons with them before signing with the New York Knicks in 2016. His final stop was the Grizzlies after the Knicks waived him. After missing most of the season, his career continues with the Clippers.
This signing is on the heels of the Lakers signing of Dion Waiters earlier this week. The Clippers have filled their final roster spot, as they prepare for a game against the Lakers on Saturday. While Noah may not join the team before next week, the idea of him joining the Clippers makes a (future) Clippers/Lakers matchup more intriguing.
The Clippers have been one of the best teams this season. The duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are still getting accustomed to playing together, and their bench (Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell) have played well. Now, the addition of Noah could make their roster even better. If he plays well and brings the energy/hustle he is known for; the signing benefits both sides.
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