Team USA begins two days of practices Tuesday in Las Vegas. John Wall and Bradley Beal are expected there.
Same with Kevin Durant.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star reportedly will be on the court after missing much of the 2014-15 season with a fracture in his right foot, according to USA Today's Sam Amick:
According to his agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation Sports, and his manager, Charlie Bell, the Oklahoma City Thunder star who played just 27 games last season because of a fracture in his right foot plans to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday with Team USA at minicamp in Las Vegas. Durant will not, however, take part in the showcase game on Thursday at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
While there are no events for the national team this summer, Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo has made it clear that players who want to take part in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil must make an appearance in Las Vegas. Durant has said consistently that he wants to be a part of that team.
Durant's return has implications beyond USA Basketball, of course. If the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player is healthy, the Thunder are a true contender for the league title. Then of course there is the little matter of Durant's free agency next summer and how half the league or more, including the Washington Wizards, are poised to offer the scoring forward a contract.
As for Team USA, Durant is a lock if he wants on board. Based on him showing up in Las Vegas, it sure seems like he does.
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