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Likely options put Joakim Noah's future in Chicago in real doubt

Likely options put Joakim Noah's future in Chicago in real doubt

Rule No. 1 of NBA free agency states that money rules, influencing any and every decision a player makes when evaluating offers from prospective teams.

Rule No. 2 says never allow yourself to become gullible enough to forget Rule No. 1.

If Joakim Noah leaves the Bulls, as many have expected since his injury-plagued season ended in January, it will be because the Bulls and Noah differ over his value at this stage of the 31-year-old's career — not because of Noah's perceived differences with the front office.

Whatever issues Noah may or may not have with general manager Gar Forman, a rift the Sun-Times suggested as the main reason he wants to move on, if Chairman...

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