Suns’ Chris Paul Joining US Men’s Basketball Team

Suns point guard Chris Paul has committed to play for the U.S. men’s basketball team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Chris Paul

Paul joins a growing list of Team USA invitees/commits, which also reportedly includes the following:

Nets forward Kevin Durant, Nets guard James Harden, Bucks forward Khris Middleton, Heat power forward Bam Adebayo, Suns shooting guard Devin Booker, Celtics guard/forward Jayson Tatum, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, Warriors forward Draymond Green and Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love.

Other stars such as Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Warriors guard Steph Curry, Nets point guard Kyrie Irving and Heat guard/forward Jimmy Butler are not expected to participate.

Paul, 36, helped lift the Suns to the Western Conference Finals, averaging 16.4 points and 8.9 assists in 70 games during the regular season.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will serve as coach of Team USA, which announced 57 finalists for the Olympic roster in March and needs to turn in a 12-man roster by July 5. No date has been determined for the start of training camp in Las Vegas.

As an aside, the Finals start on July 8, with a potential Game 7 set for July 22. The Olympics are scheduled to begin July 23 in Tokyo.

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