Chicago Bulls star Pau Gasol says he wants to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics despite concerns over the Zika virus. The 35-year-old center announced in an article for Spanish newspaper Marca on Saturday that he's available for the Spanish national team in what will be his fourth Olympics. Gasol said last month he was considering not playing in Rio because there was too much uncertainty about Zika. He later said he was considering freezing a sperm sample. The mosquito-borne disease has been linked to severe birth defects in infants born to infected women. Two-time silver medalist Gasol called Zika "a serious issue" and said it was his duty to make people aware of it.
Now that he's a Knick, Derrick Rose wants his former Chicago Bulls teammate Joakim Noah to join him in the Big Apple. And he's prepared to recruit other free agents to make something "special" happen now. "Oh, I want him, he knows that. I think his family knows that" Rose said of Noah, a New York City native who becomes a free agent this summer. "I think everyone knows that. Even last night I was talking to him about it and it's the same way. He's in a position where he got injured twice last year. It was his contract year and he's got to figure what he wants to do so I can't get mad with the decision he will make soon or whenever he makes it. He knows that I would want to play with him." The
The Thunder remain the front runners. The Warriors are next in line. The Spurs, Clippers, Celtics, and Heat will get their chances. Everyone wants a shot to pitch Kevin Durant, the only franchise-changing free agent on the market this year. Two teams who wanted a chance will miss out: The Lakers and Durant’s hometown Wizards, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today. Despite years of speculation about Durant possibly signing with his hometown Washington Wizards or the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with knowledge of his situation told USA TODAY Sports that those two teams are not expected to land a meeting with the former MVP. As it stands, it’s the six aforementioned teams coming Durant’s way at a location