LaVine, Grant commit to Olympic team, Harden withdraws
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls guard Zach LaVine and Pistons forward Jerami Grant have committed to play for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter links).

There were already 11 players who had committed to represent the U.S. in Tokyo, but one of those players – Nets guard James Harden – is withdrawing, Charania reports (via Twitter).

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press noted earlier (via Twitter) that there are still concerns about the hamstring injury that sidelined Harden for part of the second half of the season and several games in the Eastern semifinals. He’ll focus on getting that hamstring back to 100% this summer.

As a result of the new commitments and Harden’s decision to pull out, the 12-team roster for Team USA now looks like this:

Booker, Holiday and Middleton are still alive in the postseason. Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo said that Booker intends to play in Tokyo no matter how late the Suns’ season goes, but it’s not clear if Holiday and Middleton have taken that same stance.

Even if those three players all remain committed, it’s possible that the 12-man squad could undergo more tweaks if players suffer injuries or reconsider their summer plans. For now though, we have a pretty good idea of what the group competing for gold in Tokyo will look like. The Olympics are scheduled to begin in a month.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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