Joakim Noah
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13-year NBA center Joakim Noah is effectively retiring from basketball, according to Shams Charania.

The two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year winner will plan to retire as a Chicago Bull, where he spent the majority of his career.

This news was expected after Noah was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers back in December 2020.

After his release, Noah’s agent Bill Duffy said he was “likely headed toward retirement.”

“What an illustrious career for Joakim, starting with two national titles at the University of Florida, to becoming an NBA Defensive Player of the Year and ultimately evolving into one of the most passionate, spirited players to ever come through our sport,” Duffy told Adrian Wojnarowski in December. “It’s been my honor to represent Joakim through his journey.”

Along with the Bulls (nine seasons, 572 games) and Clippers (five games), Noah also played with the New York Knicks (two seasons, 53 games) and Memphis Grizzlies (one season, 42 games).

Noah, who recently turned 36, averaged 8.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in 672 NBA games.