Recovering from ankle surgery that limited him to 23 NBA games last season, Greivis Vasquez had to back out of the Rio Games for his native Venezuela. He would've given the league 47 players participating this month.
Vasquez, who signed a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets last month, was with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. He played at the University of Maryland and his deep ties to the D.C. area which is a second home:
After a great deal of consultation with the Nets and team doctors, I have been advised that unfortunately it will be necessary for me to withdraw from Olympic competition. While it would have been an honor and a dream to join my teammates and represent our country in Rio, the medical staff feels that it is essential that I devote this time to work towards getting healthy for the upcoming NBA season. This will be the best decision, not only for this season, but for my career going forward. I wish the best to my teammates at the Olympic Games and I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to be a part of our national team again in the future.
Vasquez, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com, eventually would like to play for the Wizards. He was drafted No. 28 overall in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010, was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors before landing in Milwaukee.
Vasquez, a 6-6 combo guard, has career averages of 9.0 points and 4.8 assists.