Yay Noah is skipping worlds, Yay Noah is getting an extension
According to FIBA.com, Joakim Noah will not play for France in the upcoming World Championships.
Though Noah appears to be in good health this summer, he did battle plantar fasciitis last season, so the Bulls may be breathing a private sigh of relief that Noah isn't exerting himself more by playing in Turkey later this month.
The report also noted that "France had been waiting to learn the outcome of contract negotiations between Noah and the Chicago Bulls."
It's possible that like many others in the league, Noah is hoping to lock into an extension before the current collective-bargaining agreement expires next summer.