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Bradley Beal declines Team USA invite

Team USA Basketball Showcase

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 13: Bradley Beal #28 of the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s National Team smiles as he brings the ball up the court 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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Update: Beal declined:

Of the 12 roster spots on Team USA for the Olympics, 10 are known to be filled.

USA Basketball is apparently waiting on Bradley Beal for one of the others.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Wizards reportedly plan to offer Beal a five-year max contract July 1, but it could be a while until they’d make it official. Because Beal’s cap hold is about $7.5 million lower than a max salary, Washington wants to spend that $7.5 million first then exceed the cap to re-sign Beal using his Bird Rights.

But what if Beal gets hurt in Rio or preparing for the Games? Might Washington pull the offer?

I wouldn’t blame Beal, who has never earned more than his rookie-scale salary, for not wanting to find out.

And I wouldn’t blame the Wizards for not promising to pay him in that scenario. As long as they’re clear about their intentions, they can let him make an informed decision.