Kevin Durant said on Monday afternoon he’ll play in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Durant told Royce Young of ESPN his decision. It came shortly after Stephen Curry backed out due to recovery of all the injuries he suffered late in the season.
Durant, has been a member of the gold-medal-winning USA team at the 2012 London Olympics. He led all Team USA players in scoring at 19.5 points per game. He scored 30 points in the United States’ win over Spain for the gold medal game.
Durant’s decision is a bit surprising one as many players with a serious year of free agency pending tend to take the summer to decide, but Durant has been committed to the national team since September of 2014.
However, Durant has said he was going to play in the FIBA World Cup after Paul George broke his leg, but shortly backed out, citing “rest” as his reason.
Durant’s free agency decision shouldn’t be much of a factor if he was to miss the Olympics. He’ll be able to sign in early July and the Olympic squad won’t starting practice for the Olympics until Aug. 5.
There is also the concern of the Zika virus. The CDC called it a level 2 epidemic. That means people should practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Brazil.
Team USA begins their Showcase, a 5-game schedule that travels throughout the US. It begins on July 22 in Last Vegas against Argentina and finishes July 29 against Venezuela in Chicago.
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