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Kevin Durant Will Play for Team USA in Summer Olympics

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Former Texas Longhorns forward Kevin Durant will play for Team USA in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo next month, as Team USA reportedly finalized its 12-man roster on Wednesday.

ESPN.com first reported that the roster was nearly finalized.

Durant will be making his third appearance with the U.S. team in the Olympics. He helped the U.S. win gold in both the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

He is also coming off an incredible NBA Playoffs performance, which just ended in a second-round loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games. Despite the loss, Durant averaged 34.3 points per game in 12 playoff games, along with 9.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Brooklyn Nets.

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Durant is the only Big 12 player on the roster.

The remaining roster for Tokyo includes Miami’s Bam Adebayo, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Detroit’s Jerami Grant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Milwaukee’s Jrue Holliday, Chicago’s Zach LaVine, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, and Boston’s Jayson Tatum.

Team USA will assemble July 4 for training camp in Las Vegas and will play exhibition games against Spain, Australia, Nigeria and Argentina before leaving for Tokyo.

It’s possible that Booker, Middleton and Holliday could be playing up until July 22. That’s the last scheduled date for the NBA Finals, should it go seven games. The Suns are facing the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals, while the Milwaukee Bucks are facing the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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