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Jimmy Butler affirms desire to play for Team USA in Olympics

USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 11: Jimmy Butler #50 of the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s National Team attends a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on August 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins still want to play in the Olympics.

Another player eager to join Team USA? Jimmy Butler.

Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago:

Butler would be a good fit.

From his perspective, he’s just 26, has four years remaining on his contract and would be relatively fresh after missing the playoffs.

From USA Basketball’s perspective, he’s a star two-way wing when there are precious few of those. If the Americans want to play small and slide a traditional small forward to power forward – a seemingly smart strategy in international play – they need to stack the roster with wings. There’d be plenty of opportunities for someone like Butler, who can play shooting guard and small forward.