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Harrison Barnes accepts invitation to play for Team USA

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has received and accepted an invitation to play with Team USA this summer in the 2016 Olympic Games.

He was the 11th of 12 players to accept the invite, just before next week’s deadline when the roster has to be finalized and preparations have to be made for July’s exhibition rounds.

Barnes struggled in the NBA Finals, scoring on just 5-of-32 shots in the final three games of the seven game series as Golden State historically blew a 3-1 lead.

He was able to obtain a roster spot after many of the chosen candidates declined or withdrew, either because of injuries or other personal matters.

Barnes will be joining teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson who also accepted invitations. Two time MVP and Barnes’ Warriors teammate Stephen Curry declined.

This should be a relief to Barnes, whose play slipped in his contract year. He has the opportunity to redeem himself by helping Team USA bring home a gold medal.

Slated by many to be in the running for a max deal as a restricted free agent, he may have shot himself out of that much money, but it’s never too late to recoup your losses, and that starts now for Barnes.

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