Zach Lavine, Jerami Grant Commit To Team USA; James Harden Withdraws

Bulls guard Zach Lavine and Pistons forward Jerami Grant have committed to play for the U.S. men’s basketball team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.<a rel=

Meanwhile, Charania added that Nets shooting guard James Harden has withdrawn from consideration to allow his injured hamstring time to heal.

If the report is accurate, the U.S. now has the 12 players needed for when rosters are due July 5. Team USA’s lineup looks like this, based on an array of reported commitments:

Other stars such as Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Warriors guard Steph Curry, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Suns point guard Chris Paul, Nets point guard Kyrie Irving and Heat guard/forward Jimmy Butler are among those who decided against playing.

Interestingly, as Joe Vardon pointed out, Game 7 of the Finals is scheduled for July 22 — or one day before opening ceremonies in Japan. Team USA’s first game is scheduled for July 25.

This could impact the likes of Booker (Suns), and Middleton and Holiday (Bucks), each of whom are still alive in the playoffs. But per U.S. men’s basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, at least Booker has made his intentions to participate clear.

“I’ll tell you this about Devin, he said to me, ‘Even if we go all the way in the Finals and I only have three days to get to Tokyo, I’ll be there,’” Colangelo told Vardon.

Training camp for the U.S. men’s basketball team is scheduled to begin the first week of July in Las Vegas, Vardon noted. The roster is expected to be announced later this week.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will serve as coach of Team USA, which announced 57 finalists for the Olympic roster in March.

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