Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Khris Middleton, Kevin Love commit to Team USA for Tokyo Olympics

Bucks wing Khris Middleton and Cavaliers big Kevin Love

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 28: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game at Fiserv Forum on October 28, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Suns guard Devin Booker was the only player still in the NBA playoffs with a public pledge to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics.

Bucks wing Khris Middleton is now the second.

Cavaliers big Kevin Love will join the U.S. roster, too.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Booker said he’d play in Tokyo no matter how far Phoenix advances. I wonder whether Middleton’s commitment is conditional. Turning 30 this summer, Middleton is five years older than Booker.

If he plays, Middleton would provide helpful shooting, ball-handling and defense from the wing. He’d fit nicely in any environment.

Love… Putting him on the roster looks like a favor to someone trying to break out of a funk. Which is somewhat surprising considering Love has repeatedly turned down Team USA previously. Though his outlet passing could get this athletic team in transition and his 3-point shooting could help in the halfcourt, Love will likely be a major defensive liability.

The Americans’ need another defensive-minded big with Bam Adebayo. They have two of 12 roster spots remaining. The 10 we know:

  • Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard
  • Nets guard James Harden
  • Suns guard Devin Booker
  • Wizards guard Bradley Beal
  • Bucks wing Khris Middleton
  • Celtics forward Jayson Tatum
  • Nets forward Kevin Durant
  • Warriors forward Draymond Green
  • Cavaliers big Kevin Love
  • Heat center Bam Adebayo