LeBron James may not be traveling to Rio this summer to play with Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics, but it appears that his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving will. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Irving has accepted his invitation to suit up alongside some of the best the country has to offer as they look to build off of their gold medal in the 2014 World Cup.
Irving, who averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists in 53 games for the Cavaliers this season, famously won MVP of the 2014 World Cup with team USA dominating competition. He will join Toronto's Kyle Lowry as the point guards currently on the Team USA roster. He becomes the 12th name added to the list (out of 12) with forwards Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony being the only returning players from the 2012 team that won gold in London.
Of the 31-member pool of elgible players, other confirmed members of Team USA include Chicago's Jimmy Butler, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Toronto's DeMarr DeRozan, Indiana's Paul George, Golden State's Draymond Green, Harrison Banres and Klay Thompson, and Los Angeles' DeAndre Jordan. Noteable declined invitations include James, Cavs teammate Kevin Love, Golden State's Steph Curry, and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard.
The official 12-man roster that will be unveiled Monday afternoon in New York City. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff will hold a four-day training camp in Las Vegas from July 18 to July 21. The team will play five exhibition games, starting July 22 against Argentina and ending Aug. 1 against Nigeria with the Olympic basketball tournament will take place from Aug. 6 to Aug. 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A gold medal in Rio would make the third consecutive gold for Team USA.