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As expected, Clippers reportedly sign Joakim Noah for restart

Joakim Noah Clippers

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Joakim Noah #55 of the Memphis Grizzlies plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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This was expected. The Clippers signed Joakim Noah to a 10-day contract just two days before the NBA was shut down, and there have been reports they planned to bring him to Orlando.

They are — the Clippers and Noah have reached a deal, reports Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

This is a solid pickup for the Clippers, bringing quality frontcourt depth for what is a compacted schedule in Orlando. The Clippers have their starter in Ivica Zubac (a more traditional big) followed up by potential Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell, who brings his energy — 18.7 points and 7.1 rebounds a night — plus improved defense off the bench.

Noah provides some depth and versatility behind that pair. The Clippers hope they get the Noah from the second half of last season, where he was solid coming off the bench in Memphis playing quality defense plus scoring 7.1 points per game.

Whether he returns next season could be impacted by what happens with Harrell in free agency this offseason.