Nikola Jokic will not participate in Serbia's attempt to qualify for the Olympics. Jokic also won't join the team in Tokyo should they qualify.

“To my great regret, this is the moment when I have to announce that despite my great desire, I am not able to play for the national team," said Jokic. "Simply, the condition of my body requires a longer absence from the court to recover. I have to accept that. I am sure that the guys have the quality to make a result without me, which will bring us all a lot of joy."

Jokic played in every game this season for the Denver Nuggets and won MVP.