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Kawhi Leonard not playing for Team USA in Olympics

Team USA Basketball Showcase

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 13: Kawhi Leonard #30 of the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s National Team dunks as teammate Arron Afflalo #32 looks on during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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There’s a strong chance none of the top four finishers in MVP voting will play in the Olympics.

Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook are out. LeBron James said he’ll probably stay home.

And now Kawhi Leonard is no longer a Team USA candidate.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN broke the news:

Leonard confirmed it in a statement not much later.

“This was a very difficult decision,” Leonard said. “It’s an honor to have been considered for the team and I hope that in the future I will have the chance to represent my country by playing for USA Basketball.”

It seemed USA Basketball tabbing Gregg Popovich as its next coach would open the door to Leonard competing, but alas. The Spurs love their rest.

Remember when Klay Thompson said American basketball was good enough to send three Team USAs to the Olympics? We might see how the second team would fare.