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USA Basketball releases 44-man preliminary roster for 2020 Olympics

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USA Basketball has announced a preliminary 44-man list of NBA players to be featured for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

USA Basketball didn’t have the best luck when it came to getting NBA players to commit to the recent 2019 FIBA World Cup, with many stating reasons of meshing with their new teammates or relocating to a new city.

Yet soon after Team USA placed seventh (the worst standing in any major international competition since NBA players were allowed to play in FIBA events), many of those who declined were quick to say they were interested in playing in the Olympics.

This preliminary list includes many of those who participated in Team USA’s quest for the gold in 2019, along with a wave of NBA stars who turned down the opportunity last year.

Chairman Jerry Colangelo was quick to warn players that their noncommital to the cause would be remembered when it came to selecting those who could take part in Tokyo 2020, but it seems USA Basketball’s first edict will be to bring back a gold medal more so than the grudges that stemmed from last year’s debacle.

Here is the full list of NBA players in consideration:

  • Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
  • Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers)
  • Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
  • Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat)
  • Mike Conley (Utah Jazz)
  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Paul George (LA Clippers)
  • Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
  • James Harden (Houston Rockets)
  • Montrezl Harrell (LA Clippers)
  • Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics)
  • Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
  • LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)
  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
  • JaVale McGee (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
  • Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)
  • Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets)
  • Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)
  • Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
  • Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
  • Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
  • Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics)
  • Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)
  • Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs)