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Report: Damian Lillard won’t play for Team USA in Rio Olympics

Team USA Showcase

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 01: Damian Lillard #22 of the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team passes the ball during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Damian Lillard petitioned himself onto the list of Team USA candidates after initially being left off the list of finalists for the 2016 Olympics.

But with the Americans down on point guards – Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and John Wall – Lillard won’t be headed to Rio.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Kyle Lowry’s selection was even more important than we realized.

Just two other finalist point guards are unaccounted for: Kyrie Irving and Mike Conley. I wouldn’t be surprised if both play in Rio.

Irving has long been part of the program, and he’s a Mike Krzyzewski favorite after playing for Duke. The ball is likely in his court.

Conley isn’t as certain to be selected, but he’d provide depth. If the Americans carry three point guards, he’s the guy – unless they go off the finalist board again, as they did with Lowry. Kemba Walker or Isaiah Thomas might make sense.