Bradley Beal, Jerami Grant COVID-19 issues putting Australia game in jeopardy
Team USA is now in some serious trouble after Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal was ruled out for the Tokyo Olympics due to health and safety protocols. Detroit Pistons big Jerami Grant also entered protocols, although his Olympic status is up in the air. Well, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Team USA’s game against Australia is in jeopardy and could possibly be canceled.
Team USA is in a struggle with COVID as one player is out of Olympics (Brad Beal), another is in protocols (Jerami Grant) and now there are discussions underway about canceling tomorrow's game with Australia, sources tell @OlgunUluc & me
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 15, 2021
Just another blow for Team USA. After dropping the first two exhibition games to Nigeria and Australia, they responded and knocked off Argentina and finally felt like they were gaining some momentum.
However, the loss of Beal and Grant, as well as being without three players who are in the NBA Finals and Team USA has a lot of things to figure out with the Tokyo Olympics beginning on July 23.
For now, they will hunt for a replacement player for Beal and New York Knicks All-Star Julius Randle has emerged as one of the more popular choices to take Beal’s spot. However, it seems likely that Friday’s game gets canceled, especially with Gregg Popovich’s squad now down two players.
Stay tuned for more updates regarding the ever-fluid situation with Team USA and their roster spots as well.