Team USA now needs to add TWO more players to its roster before leaving for Tokyo. This morning, Kevin Love withdrew from the team, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Cleveland Cavaliers star has been recovering from a right calf injury that kept him out a good portion of the season.
“I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet,” Love said in a statement from his agent Jeff Schwartz.
With Love and Bradley Beal out, the chances are even higher that former Kentucky Wildcat Julius Randle may be called upon to join the squad. Last month when the roster was released, Team USA CEO Jerry Colangelo said the Knicks star was “right there” as a candidate to join the team, but they went with Love because he had more international experience. The Olympics begin one week from today in Tokyo.
Julius Randle, Bam Adebayo, and Devin Booker repping the United States. We’d love to see it.
UPDATE (12:10 p.m.): Woj is reporting that Keldon Johnson, a member of the US Select Team that was promotion to the exhibition roster, could be one of the replacements.
There’s significant support and momentum for Spurs forward Keldon Johnson to be added to 12-man Team USA roster, sources tell ESPN. He’s been playing with Olympic team as member of USA Select group, well-conditioned and has developed into a favorite of decision-makers and staff.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 16, 2021