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Draymond Green planning wedding around possible 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Draymond Green planning wedding around possible 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Draymond Green wants to play for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics, and he's planning ahead of time to make sure his schedule caters to that.

The Warriors star forward recently said he's even planning his wedding around the event -- just in case:

Green was engaged to TV personality Hazel Renee in January. The announcement was buried in a conversation from head coach Steve Kerr during a road trip in Los Angeles in the middle of the season. 

Draymond and many other NBA stars bowed out of Team USA during the FIBA World Cup over the summer, as the Americans had to settle for a seventh-place finish. That could have been a catalyst in Green wanting to participate in the 2020 Games, and his wedding planning tells you how serious he is about playing.

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Green joins Warriors teammates Steph Curry and Klay Thompson among those who want to represent Team USA. The countdown to Tokyo is on.

Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

The year 2020 is going to be different for the USA, and I'm not just talking about the upcoming presidential election.

As you're aware, every A- and B-level star elected not to play for coach Gregg Popovich and Team USA this summer (no offense, Donovan Mitchell). As a result, the Americans sputtered to a seventh-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. But don't expect the big names to take the same approach to the 2020 Olympic Games.

Steph Curry, for one, is ready to get buckets on the international stage.

"That is the plan, for sure," the Warriors star told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on if he plans to play in Tokyo next summer. "You know, obviously knock on wood, you don't want any injuries or things like that to interfere.

"Definitely wanna go," Curry said. "I've never been on the Olympic team. I've been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it."

Team USA is just as excited for Steph to join the squad.

The seventh-place finish was Team USA's worst international showing since its Bronze Medal in the disaster that was the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The Americans have won three straight gold medals since then, buoyed by teams led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and coach Mike Krzyzewski. With Curry's commitment to the 2020 games, expect other marquee names to line up behind him to lead the Red, White and Blue to another gold medal.

"We're still the best," Curry said. "If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms of, you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and the commitment's been there, and I think it'll be there next year."

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard also said he plans to play in 2020.

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With Team USA's latest redemption tour underway, Curry will be tasked with being one of the leaders in getting Team USA back to its rightful place atop the international basketball world.

That's bad news for the rest of the world. 

Warriors' Draymond Green wants to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympics

Warriors' Draymond Green wants to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympics

The FIBA World Cup did not go as planned for Team USA.

After losing to France in the medal round Wednesday, the Americans doubled down on a disappointing performance and lost to Serbia on Thursday, ensuring they'll finish no better than in seventh place in the tournament. Granted, Team USA did secure a 2020 Olympic bid days earlier, but given the expectations, there's no debating that the American result was an utter failure.

Team USA had the most talent in the tournament, but not its most talented roster. That's because numerous superstars turned down the opportunity to compete on the international stage, preferring rather to recuperate and prepare for the upcoming NBA season.

In the aftermath of the loss to Serbia, sports talk shows immediately began wondering which stars, now understanding their necessity, would participate on the 2020 Olympic team. One of those stars -- Golden State's Draymond Green -- has already thrown his name into the hat.

"I do hope to play, and I think a lot of guys will want to play," Green said Thursday on CNBC's 'Power Money.' "The schedule this year was a little treacherous with the games that was in America, and also the travel to Australia, which is why I think a lot of guys dropped out. You know, a long ways to China. It was just a lot, and it also leads right into the season. Those guys will be coming back in the next couple days and we'll be two weeks away from training camp."

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There's no question the Americans could have used Green in the World Cup, but from the sounds of it, the only reason they won't have his services in the next international competition will be if they don't want him.

"I think you'll see a lot of guys participating next year in the Olympics," Green continued, "and I hope to be one of those 12 guys."