Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, Ian Mahinmi out for France in Olympic qualifier
France is the highest-ranked men’s basketball team that hasn’t already clinched a berth in the 2016 Olympics.
Now, its chances of winning its Olympic Qualifying Tournament have taken a major hit.
Batum, Fournier and Mahinmi are free agents – and will get major offers as the salary cap skyrockets. France’s qualifying tournament begins July 5, and free agents can’t sign until July 7. So, sitting out is the prudent financial move.
France still has a large pool of talent to draw from, including Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Joffrey Lauvergne and Nando de Colo. But that might not be enough in the toughest qualifying tournament.
This opens the door a little wider for Canada and Turkey.