The team pegged his timetable for recovery at four to six months, which means Noah figures to be done for the remainder of the regular season.
"It’s tough to lose a guy like Jo who does so much [for] us. But other than basketball, I hate to see that happen to a good person like that," Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler said following Friday's game, per CSNChicago.com's Vincent Goodwill. "He’s down, as he should be. It’s the game he loves. He wants to fight for this team."
The Bulls will likely have to make do with in-house solutions because of the timing of Noah's injury, per Yahoo Sports' Bobby Marks:
No cap relief for Chicago on the Noah injury. Deadline to file for the Disabled Player Exception expired yesterday.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 17, 2016
As a result, Taj Gibson and rookie Bobby Portis both figure to see their workloads increase over the coming months. Gibson can help mitigate the effects of Noah's absence with his tenacious attitude on the glass, but it will be hard to replicate Noah's high-post passing capabilities.
Portis, who has appeared in just 19 games this season, will have a chance to break out. The rookie's steady jump shot should be an asset for Chicago as it searches for more production from its bigs outside the paint.
Unfortunately for Noah, a pay cut is likely on the way. Soon to be 31 years old with a history of knee and foot injuries, the two-time All-Star is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, per Spotrac.
And with a younger, cheaper and upside-laden alternative in Portis on the roster, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Bulls let the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year walk.