Report: Kevin Love turned down Team USA invite after Cavs’ Finals run
The final USA Basketball roster for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is set to be unveiled Monday, and from the looks of it, the only holdovers from the 2014 London gold-medal team will be Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. Another London team member, Kevin Love, turned down a spot, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:
The Cavs' Kevin Love received an Olympic team invite, league sources say, but opted to decline for rest after Cleveland's long playoff run.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 26, 2016
Love was a big part of the last Olympic team, and his combination of passing and outside shooting as a big man fit well with the international game. But he has a history of back, knee and shoulder problems and already has a gold medal, so his decision to sit out Rio doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
As of now, based on various reports and official confirmations, the USA roster for Rio will include Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Durant, Anthony, Paul George, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan. The official announcement is expected Monday.