Damian Lillard and Draymond Green are the “initial commitments to Team USA” for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, per The Athletic.
Lillard has long been entertaining the idea of playing in the Olympics, and just recently reportedly had a “strong interest” in joining the team.
The addition of him to the Team USA roster would seem to be long overdue. In 2016 Lillard withdrew his name from consideration due to injury, and with him coming off one of best seasons, he could be viewed as a shoo-in for the team.
Team USA must submit a 12-man roster by July 5 and will begin training camp the following day in Las Vegas. From the report, the team is “expected” to have their roster finalized by late June.
The group stage of the tournament is from July 25 - Aug. 1, and the knockout stage will be from Aug. 3 - Aug. 7.
Lillard had a strong year, averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds during the regular-season. His play had him finish seventh in MVP voting.
With the condensed season likely having an effect on Team USA staples like Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and much more, the team could be reminiscent of 2016. Not much star-power on a global scale but a team still good enough to win gold.