June 20, 2016, 7:25 am
While USA basketball is still preparing to be with or without LeBron James in Rio, the rest of the roster is taking shape as Team USA looks to repeat as gold medalists.
ESPN’s Marc Stein has updates on several players, chief among them Kevin Durant.
Durant is reportedly still planning on playing and has been “unmoved by the recent withdrawals of a few high-profile names.” His participation would be immensely helpful, as USA basketball could be without some of its big time scorers after the withdrawals of James Harden and Stephen Curry.
Klay Thompson and Paul George are considered locks to make the team, while Draymond Green has already accepted his invitation to Rio. They join DeMarcus Cousins, providing a formidable foundation for the tournament.
The injuries and withdrawals that claimed Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, John Wall and Russell Westbrook have opened up some point guard spots on the roster. Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving are penciled in as likely representatives, with Mike Conley also up for consideration.
Among others expected to make the team are Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Andre Drummond and DeAndre Jordan.
The prohibitive favorite to take home gold, USA Basketball is putting the final touches on a star-laden roster in preparation for this summer’s games.