Basketball Wiretap

Pau Gasol Willing To Play In Olympics Despite Zika Concerns

Jun 25, 2016 7:08 PM

Pau Gasol is willing to play for Spain in the Olympics despite concerns about the Zika virus.

"My commitment to the national team is greater than my fears over what might happen," Gasol wrote Saturday in the Spanish newspaper Marca. "My feelings of passion and responsibility toward my national team, my sport and my teammates are huge. They have always been and always will be. My first instinct in that sense has always been to want to be with the national team each summer."

Gasol also called on Rio officials to ensure the safety of everyone attending the Games, which begin Aug. 5.

"I will be going hoping and trusting that the people and organizations will do everything possible and take measures to minimize possible risk to the athletes. I have always had the doubt that they -- so as not to put other elements of the event in danger -- have not been mindful of the health and safety of the athletes and all those who will attend the Olympics in Rio -- whether those people are athletes, accompanying family, friends or fans. It is a pity that [the situation] is like this.

"We must trust in the authorities that they will follow up with what they have promised and take proper measures."

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Tags: Pau Gasol, Spain, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster

Jun 25, 2016 7:00 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted the final invitation for the United States' 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympics.

Irving weighed the decision all week after the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 of The Finals.

Irving, the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup, averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Cavaliers this season.

Here is the roster Mike Krzyzewski will coach in Rio:

Kyrie Irving
Klay Thompson
Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
Jimmy Butler
Kevin Durant
Harrison Barnes
Draymond Green
Paul George
Carmelo Anthony
DeMarcus Cousins
DeAndre Jordan

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics

Jun 25, 2016 10:40 AM

Harrison Barnes has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Barnes will be a restricted free agent at the start of the offseason.

The Golden State Warriors will also be represented by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, though Barnes could be on another team's roster by the second week of July.

Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Green at forward.

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Tags: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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LeBron James Withdraws From Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 5:10 PM

LeBron James has informed USA Basketball he will not play in the 2016 Olympics.

James had played in each of the previous three Olympics for the United States.

James cited the amount of court time he's logged with six straight trips to The Finals.

James' agent Rich Paul informed Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo Thursday of James' decision. James contacted Mike Krzyzewski Thursday.

"I could use the rest," James told cleveland.com.

James stayed relatively healthy this season and the thought of him even playing in the Olympics a year was almost unfathomable.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Team USA Finalizes 10 Of 12 Roster Spots For Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 3:50 PM

The United States has set 10 of their 12 roster spots for their 2016 Olympic team with the final two spots reserved for Kyrie Irving and LeBron James to make a final decision on whether they will participate.

The following ten players are confirmed to participate.

Kevin Durant
Klay Thompson
Jimmy Butler
Carmelo Anthony
DeMarcus Cousins
DeAndre Jordan
Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
Draymond Green
Paul George

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard were amongst likely participants who have withdrawn.

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Tags: United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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DeMar DeRozan Commits To USA For Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 2:35 PM

DeMar DeRozan has committed to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

DeRozan is a free agent this offseason after another All-Star season with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan played for the United States in the 2014 World Cup.

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Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Kawhi Leonard Withdraws From Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 1:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard has withdrawn from consideration for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Leonard is the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year and finished second in MVP voting.

The United States has considerable depth at forward in Paul George, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Jimmy Butler.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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DeAndre Jordan Earns Spot On USA's Olympic Team

Jun 23, 2016 12:29 PM

DeAndre Jordan has earned a spot on the United States' Olympic team in Rio.

Jordan was a first-team All-NBA selection at center this past season.

The United States needed another big man along with DeMarcus Cousins.

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Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Jimmy Butler To Play For USA In Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 11:09 AM

Jimmy Butler has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Butler has no previous experience with the United States as he emerged during the 14-15 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Carmelo Anthony Accepts Invite To Play For USA In 2016 Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 10:44 AM

Carmelo Anthony has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Anthony has previously won a gold medal in 2008 and in 2012.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Kyle Lowry To Play For USA In Olympics
With Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook not participating, a spot at point guard opened up for Kyle Lowry.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Paul George Accepts Invitation To Play In Olympics
Jerry Colangelo promised Paul George an Olympic roster spot after he suffered his injury in August of 2014.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

LeBron James Expected To Withdraw From Olympics
LeBron James has been a member of USA Basketball since 2004.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Durant, George, Klay, Cousins Considered Locks For Team USA
Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard will also likely claim spots by June 27th.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dante Exum Won't Participate In Olympics For Australia
Dante Exum sustained a tear of the ACL on Aug. 4 while competing for Australia in a game against Slovenia.

RealGM Staff Report

James Harden Withdraws From 2016 Olympics
James Harden played for the United States in both the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Cup.

RealGM Staff Report

Russell Westbrook Won't Participate In 2016 Olympics
Russell Westbrook won a gold medal with the United States in the 2012 Olympics.

RealGM Staff Report

DeMarcus Cousins Selected For USA's Olympic Team
The United States also selected DeMarcus Cousins for their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Marc J. Spears/The Vertical

Andrew Wiggins Won't Play For Canada In Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Andrew Wiggins is set to start his third NBA season with the Timberwolves.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Jerry Colangelo Wants Mike Krzyzewski To Replace Him As USA Managing Director
Jerry Colangelo wants to continue working with Mike Krzyzewski after the 2016 Olympics, which will be his final edition as head coach.

Andy Katz/ESPN

McCollum, Gordon, Ingram Headline 25-Man USA Select Team
Gregg Popovich will oversee the Select Team this summer.

RealGM Staff Report

Kevin Durant Still Planning On Playing In Olympics
Kevin Durant was a member of the United States' gold medal winning team in 2012.

Royce Young/ESPN

Draymond Green Won't Be Deterred By Zika Virus To Play In Olympics
Draymond Green will play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics if he's included on the final 12-man roster.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Stephen Curry Pulls Out Of 2016 Olympics
Stephen Curry will let his right knee heal that was injured in the first round of the playoffs.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Report: Nicolas Batum Optimistic Of Quickly Agreeing Upon Deal With Hornets
Nicolas Batum's agent is optimistic of being able to quickly agree upon a new contract in free agency with the Hornets.

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