Team USA Notes: Beal, Grant, Garland, Lillard, Odds

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 10: Kevin Durant #7 of the USA Men's National Team looks on during the game against the Nigeria Men's National Team on July 10, 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Bradley Beal-Team USA situation has quickly turned into an unfortunate situation. On Thursday afternoon, it was reported that the team was “working to replace” him on the roster. Less than an hour later, a final decision has been made on his status.

Per USA Basketball’s account, Beal “will remain in protocol and will be unable to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games.” The tweet also officially announces that Jerami Grant has entered health and safety protocols as well.

Things haven’t been easy for Team USA. The team didn’t capture its first exhibition win until Tuesday. Now, without one of its best players for the summer and missing another one temporarily, the challenge of building chemistry will only become more difficult.

Popovich said that the replacement player won’t necessarily be someone who can play at Beal’s level, telling our own Chris Crouse that he expects the team to add a “utility infielder” type player.

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