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New York Knicks Expected To Sign Joakim Noah When NBA Free Agency Opens

When free agency opens, New York is expected to meet with Joakim Noah tomorrow (July 1) and finalize a contract. Noah would be following former teammate, Derrick Rose to the big apple.

When free agency opens tomorrow (July 1), the New York Knicks are expected to meet with Joakim Noah in the afternoon and come to an agreement with the former Chicago Bulls center. The New York native had interest in coming home to play for the team, and that interest is mutual as the Knicks made the center position priority number one coming into the off-season. Head coach Jeff Hornacek hinted at this saying a complimentary spot-up shooter to start alongside Derrick Rose would be easier to find than a dominating paint presence.

Noah would be joining his teammate of eight years, newly acquired Rose who said he was recruiting Noah to come play in NYC with him. If healthy, both will look to power the Knicks back into the post-season for the first time since 2012. The former defensive player of the year is coming off of a sub-par season appearing in only 29 games in 2015, a career low before injuring his shoulder.

The 31-year-old will look to get back to the form that had him in the MVP discussions a few years ago after averaging less than five points per game this past season, another career low. Noah will definitely bring an attitude and presence in the middle to anchor the defense for the Knicks, which they have lacked for years. His exquisite passing ability out of the post also makes him a perfect fit for the triangle offense. Look for him to be a fan favorite with the intensity he brings to the floor every night. With Noah in town, the Knicks have one of the best front courts in the NBA.

We know all about the war of words the former Florida Gator has had in the past with LeBron James, who's ran the eastern conference this decade.

According to Tim Bontemps on Twitter, the contract will earn Noah an average of $18 million dollars per year. The duration of the contract on the table is not yet known.

Once the Knickerbockers sure up the front court, look for the focus to quickly turn to the shooting guard position with their remaining cap space. Some names to keep an eye on going forward are Courtney Lee, Jamal Crawford, Eric Gordon and Kent Bazemore.

Welcome home Joakim!

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Barack Obama Tweets About Duke Basketball Star Zion Williamson's Injury

On Wednesday evening (Feb. 20), former President Barack Obama took time out of his day-to-day activities to sit court side at a Duke vs. North Carolina basketball game. While reports of a $2,900 ticket to attend the game circulated, it was main attraction Zion Williamson that generated everyone’s attention, including No. 44.

During regulation, Williamson tore through his Nike sneaker and injured his knee, immediately taking him out of the game. The Blue Devils succumbed to the Tar Heels 72-88. Since Williamson’s injury, Obama tweeted his well wishes for one of college basketball’s most talked about athletes.

Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 21, 2019

Zion's shoe: destroyed 😳 pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019

Since his time at Duke, the power forward has broken the university’s basketball records, namely the single-game points data held by a freshman. Williamson has also garnered attention from the NBA’s leading athletes, specifically LeBron James. The Los Angeles Laker praised Williamson for his athleticism and command of the game.

“With his athleticism, with what we all see, to jump well beyond the 10-foot rim is incredible,” James said to USA Today. “I think what’s also incredible is at his size his speed, his agility, his quickness. And then to add on to that, I think he’s just a great kid.”

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LeBron James Announced As A&R Of 2 Chainz's 'Rap Or Go To The League' Album

When he's not on the court, LeBron James spends his time posting videos of him vibing out to some of rap's most recent singles. Now, he's taking his ear for standout cuts a step further by becoming the A&R for 2 Chainz's forthcoming album.

On Mar. 1, the Atlanta native's Rap Or Go To The League project will hit streaming services and music store shelves after being teased for some time. "It's been quite the journey to get here," the "Spend It" rapper wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19). "All night studio sessions, reflecting, & opening up on these records or as I call it therapy! This is my each one teach one body of work, I wanna celebrate black excellence!"

An Apple Music documentary will also accompany the album's debut. In a 60-second teaser, viewers witness Chainz and James in the studio discussing the possibility of a deluxe album and selecting guest artists for features. Rap Or Go To The League is Chainz's fifth studio album, what's being described as "his most personal, most lyrical, most soulful to date."

The soundscape arrives after Chainz released two EPs last year: The Play Don't Care Who Makes It and Hot Wings Are A Girl's Best Friend.

It’s been quite the journey to get here. All night studio sessions, reflecting, & opening up on these records or as I call it therapy! This is my each one teach one body of work, I wanna celebrate black excellence! ..... “Rap Or Go To The League” the album A&R by @KingJames 3/1 pic.twitter.com/08Y2fYKJ6X

— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) February 19, 2019

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid Reach Confidential Settlement With NFL In Collusion Case

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached a confidential settlement with the league Friday (Feb. 15). The agreement brings an end to their collusion lawsuit against the NFL more than a year after the legal bout began.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Kaepernick and Reid would only agreed to settle for a “lucrative financial agreement.” No other details about the terms of the settlement were released.

Kaepernick and Reid filed sued the NFL for collusion in October 2017. The league denied the allegations, but failed in their attempt to have the suit dismissed.

Attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas said in a statement that Kaepernick and Reid have engaged in an “ongoing dialogue” with the NFL for the past “several months.”

“As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances,” the statement explains. “The resolution of this matter is subject to confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

The NFL Players Association released a statement of support. “We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel,” the statement reads.

“We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

Jerry Jones, Bob McNair, Robert Craft and several other NFL owners and players were deposed in the case. Reid was recently signed to the Carolina Panthers. Kaepernick remains unsigned.

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— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) February 15, 2019

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