Bulls’ guard Zach LaVine has been positioned into well being and security protocols associated to the coronavirus and didn’t journey along with his Crew USA teammates to Tokyo on Monday, USA Basketball introduced.
USA Basketball is hoping LaVine can be a part of the workforce in Tokyo later this week, saying the choice was made “out of an abundance of warning.”
The information marks one other potential blow to Crew USA, who beforehand positioned Pistons ahead Jerami Grant and Wizard guard Bradley Beal into COVID-19 protocols.
Beal received’t play for Crew USA this summer time, whereas Grant was cleared from quarantine and permitted to journey.
“I’m dying for him,” head coach Gregg Popovich stated of Beal final week. “We simply really feel horrible.”
The information of Beal and Grant getting into the well being and security protocol compelled the cancellation of Crew USA’s exhibition recreation towards Australia final Friday.
Nuggets heart JaVale McGee and Spurs ahead Keldon Johnson changed Beal and Cavaliers ahead Kevin Love – he felt he was not wholesome sufficient to carry out at his peak – on the 12-person Crew USA roster.
Popovich’s roster will quickly be getting reinforcements, as Bucks stars Jrue Vacation and Khris Middleton and Suns guard Devin Booker are anticipated to affix the workforce in Tokyo when the NBA Finals concludes.
Over the workforce’s 4 exhibition video games, LaVine averaged 10.7 factors in two begins. For the Bulls this yr, the 26-year-old averaged 27.4 factors, 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in an All-Star marketing campaign.
Crew USA is scheduled to start Olympic play on July 25 towards France at 8 a.m. The workforce can even face Iran and the Czech Republic within the preliminary spherical because the Individuals search their fourth straight males’s basketball gold medal.