Fresh off of carrying the city of Cleveland to its first title in five decades, NBA Finals MVP LeBron James is reportedly leaning toward some hard-earned R&R this summer rather than playing for USA basketball.
In the aftermath of a grueling NBA Finals, LeBron James is leaning toward not competing at the Olympics in Rio this summer, league sources told The Vertical.
While James has not informed USA Basketball of his decision, team officials are operating with the expectation that it is unlikely James will be part of the team.
If James does opt out, he would join a growing list of the NBA’s top players who have decided not to take part in this summer’s Olympic games. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Anthony Davis have already withdrawn.
Kevin Durant, meanwhile, confirmed Monday he intends to play for USA Basketball in Rio.
“I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to it,” Durant said at an event for his latest KD9 shoe release.
ESPN’s Marc Stein wrote Monday that Paul George and Klay Thompson are considered locks to make the 12-man roster, while Marc Spears, also of ESPN, is reporting Draymond Green has accepted an invitation from USA Basketball to play in the Rio Olympics.