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Khris Middleton commits to Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics

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USMNBT and head coach Gregg Popovich add a ninth All-Star to their roster.

USA v Poland: Games 7-8 - FIBA World Cup 2019 Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton has committed to play for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this Summer, per a report from ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Middleton joins a formidable squad of Draymond Green, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Bam Adebayo, and James Harden for the rescheduled 2020 Summer Olympics.

The two-time All-Star was among the initial 42 finalists announced for Team USA’s 12-man roster in February. And his commitment leaves three roster openings to fill before they travel to Tokyo next month.

The 29-year-old previously represented the United States at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, where they went 6-2 record on the way to a lackluster seventh-place finish at an event they usually dominate.

While USA Basketball fell short of expectations, the Texas A&M alumnus averaged 9.9 points per game with a sterling 92.9% free throw percentage in his first stint with the Men’s National Team.

Middleton has since enjoyed back-to-back career seasons as a staple of the Bucks offense, proving himself a reliable wingman to MVP teammate Giannis Anentokoumpo during their ongoing playoff run.

The second-round success story has bloomed into a knockdown three-point shooter and high-level secondary playmaker, and he should be a perfect complementary piece on Gregg Popovich’s roster.

The Red, White, and Blue have won gold at six of the past seven Summer Olympics, and they are quickly putting together one of the most talented groups in recent memory.

Team USA will open their training 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.