Friday's Knicks Links: Joakim Noah likely a done deal

Knicks Turn Their Rebuilding Strategy Up a Notch: Not so long ago, the New York Knicks appeared to be settling in for a long rebuilding under Phil Jackson, the team’s president. He preached patience and prudence, twin concepts that never really meshed with Carmelo Anthony’s stated desire to vie for championships — or at least a shot at the playoffs — while he still clung to some vestige of his prime. -- The New York Times

Phil Jackson, Joakim Noah meet with possible $70M deal on table: Joakim Noah will meet Friday afternoon with his hometown team in New York, and barring unforeseen circumstances, he is expected to fulfill his childhood dream of playing for the Knicks. Dialogue on contract numbers began officially between the parties at 12:01 a.m. Friday with an NBA source saying it could average $17.5 million per year. -- New York Post

Derrick Rose is in full-on recruiting mode for Eric Gordon: Derrick Rose’s words have already resonated with center Joakim Noah. Now Rose is trying to sway shooting guard Eric Gordon to reunite with him in New York. According to an NBA source, Rose has reached out to Gordon, the free-agent shooting guard who’s had injury issues, but is the best 3-point shooter on the market. -- New York Post

Knicks can’t stop gambling on injury-prone veterans: Assuming the Joakim Noah signing takes place, the Knicks may want to have their entire season sponsored by the Hospital for Special Surgery — as the hospital is doing for the summer-league squad. The durability of the Knicks’ four presumed starters — they don’t have a shooting guard — will be under scrutiny this season. -- New York Post

Knicks free agency list: Here are their most likely and backup options by position: The Knicks have an outline, a bold collection of players who are altogether intriguing, talented and injury-prone. As Kevin Garnett likes to say, “The bones are there.” The Knicks are hoping they don’t break. Carmelo Anthony. Derrick Rose. Kristaps Porzingis. Probably Joakim Noah. -- New York Daily News

Karl-Anthony Towns talks-up ‘winner’ Joakim Noah, a Timberwolves target who’s likely headed to Knicks: The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of a number of teams targeting free-agent Joakim Noah. But as sources told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy Wednesday night, Noah appears headed to the Knicks when the NBA free agent market opens Friday and the Garden's newest addition would mean a big loss for Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns. -- New York Daily News

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek: New York isn’t a rebuilding city, it’s a win-now town: Not that it was much in question after the Knicks traded for Derrick Rose, but the era of Phil Jackson’s slow-moving ‘process’ will officially end if and when they sign Joakim Noah. The Knicks gave rebuilding a shot. Now they’re doing it the old-fashioned way, throwing money at older players in hopes of winning immediately. -- New York Daily News

Noah seems destined to join Knicks: Last summer, the Knicks began the free-agency period by meeting with Greg Monroe, making a pitch to the Pistons’ big man in hopes he would be the first major piece to join the rebuilding effort. This time around, the Knicks are pursuing a player in Joakim Noah who wants them as much they want him. -- The Record

Joakim Noah to meet with Knicks on Friday, source says: The free-agent spending began early Friday morning, and the Knicks are ready to throw big money at Joakim Noah, their top target. The Knicks are discussing the framework of a four-year, $72-million deal with the 31-year-old Noah, a league source said. They will meet with him Friday afternoon, according to the source, and try to finalize the contract. -- Newsday