Keldon Johnson, JaVale McGee replace Bradley Beal, Kevin Love on Team USA roster


The U.S. males’s basketball group discovered its two damage replacements for this summer time’s Tokyo Olympics. 

In keeping with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Denver Nuggets veteran JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs teen Keldon Johnson will be part of Group USA earlier than its journey abroad in pursuit of a fourth straight gold medal. 

A pair of spots on the Group USA roster opened up this week as Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal and Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Kevin Love needed to depart the group. 

Beal entered Group USA’s well being and security protocols, whereas Love withdrew as a result of he’s not absolutely recovered from the proper calf damage that sidelined him for a lot of the 2020-21 NBA season. 

McGee offers the People some much-needed dimension, whereas Johnson brings expertise and conditioning. 

McGee, 33, averaged 7.3 factors, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per recreation this season between the Cavs and Nuggets whereas taking pictures 51.1% from the sphere. 

Johnson, in the meantime, averaged 12.8 factors, six rebounds and 1.8 assists per recreation in his second season with the Spurs whereas taking pictures 47.9% from the sphere and 33.1% from three-point vary. The 21-year-old lately acquired to coach with Group USA after incomes a Choose Group nod and has some familiarity with the present group and head coach Gregg Popovich. 

It stays to be seen whether or not or not Group USA should make additional modifications to its roster earlier than heading to Tokyo. Jerami Grant stays in well being and security protocols, whereas Devin Booker, Jrue Vacation and Khris Middleton are nonetheless taking part within the NBA Finals. A possible Recreation 7 is scheduled for July 22, and Group USA begins Olympic competitors on July 26. 


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