Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden Kevin Durant has committed to playing for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this Summer, per a report from Senior NBA Insider Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Nets star James Harden has committed to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, joining teammate Kevin Durant on the USAB squad, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Kyrie Irving is unlikely to play as he recovers from his ankle injury.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2021
James Harden bolsters a stacked ensemble of Draymond Green, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, and Bam Adebayo for the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games.
The nine-time NBA All-Star was among the initial 42 finalists announced for Team USA’s 12-man roster in February. And this latest addition leaves four openings to fill before they travel to Tokyo next month.
Harden represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, helping both squads go undefeated on the way to a pair of gold medal finishes.
The former league MVP began the year with the Rockets but swiftly found himself united with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn following a public trade request during a postgame presser.
While Harden averaged 24.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 10.9 assists per game for the Nets season, he never quite looked himself after straining his hamstring in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The three-time scoring champ is still recuperating from his Grade 2 hamstring strain, though he should be healthy and ready to suit up for head coach Gregg Popovich and crew at the Olympics.
Team USA will begin training camp in Las Vegas on July 6 before heading to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. The group stages will run from July 25 to August 1, followed by the knockout rounds from August 3 to August 7.
The Red, White, and Blue are have gone a flawless 24-0 and won three consecutive gold medals at the 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.