Kevin Love has opted to withdraw from Team USA and will not play in the Tokyo Olympics, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports. Love’s calf injury, which plagued him for much of the 2020-21 season, continues to be a bother for the veteran.
The news comes just a day after it was announced that Bradley Beal will miss the Olympics because of COVID. When speaking about the player who will replace Beal, coach Gregg Popovich indicated that he doesn’t expect the player to come in and replace Beal statistically. The longtime Spurs coach said the addition will be a “utility infielder” of some sort.
#TeamUSA 🇺🇸 Coach Gregg Popovich on attempting to find a player to replace Bradley Beal:
“There’s no next Bradley Beal…maybe of utility infielder of some sort.”
— FortyEightMinutes (@FortyEightMins) July 15, 2021
Team USA now has two open roster spots and will search for replacements.
USA Basketball Contacts Tobias Harris
USA Basketball reached out to Tobias Harris’ camp about his availability for the Olympics, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Harris is currently out of the country on vacation but is scheduled to return on Saturday night.
Harris would fit in well with this year’s roster, giving them another forward to add to the mix. The Team USA roster seems a little thin in frontcourt and the 29-year-old would likely come in and play the four, giving the team another option there.