Nuggets middle JaVale McGee has been added to the U.S. Olympic crew, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Spurs ahead Keldon Johnson will fill the opposite open roster spot, in response to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter hyperlink).
They may take the place of Bradley Beal, who isn’t in a position to play after being positioned in well being and security protocols, and Kevin Love, who withdrew from the crew earlier Friday over considerations in regards to the calf harm that pressured him to overlook many of the season.
McGee, 33, is a 13-year veteran and a three-time NBA champion. He’ll present entrance courtroom depth for an American crew that’s loaded with guards and wing gamers, however is brief on huge males.
Johnson, 21, is coming off a breakthrough season after showing simply 17 video games as a rookie. He averaged 12.8 factors, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists for San Antonio this yr whereas beginning 67 of the 69 video games he performed.
A member of the U.S. Choose crew that has scrimmaged towards the Olympians, Johnson has the benefit of being very conversant in the system run by head coach Gregg Popovich. He had develop into a favourite of USA Basketball determination makers and employees, in response to Wojnarowski (Twitter hyperlink).
Workforce USA was down to only six lively gamers earlier than Friday’s additions as Devin Booker, Jrue Vacation and Khris Middleton received’t be part of the crew till after the NBA Finals. The People will open Olympic play July 25 towards France.