JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson Added To Team USA For Tokyo Olympics

Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs wing Keldon Johnson have been added to the U.S. Olympic team to replace Kevin Love and Bradley Beal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Love is returning from a right calf injury that forced him out of the competition. Beal is in Team USA’s COVID-19 protocols. 

The 7-foot McGee provides a needed big man to a roster that previously included only the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo at the center spot. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks this past season.

Johnson, who competed at Kentucky, had been playing with the USA Select Team after averaging 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds last season.

Knicks forward Julius Randle, Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson and Philadelphia 76ers wing Tobias Harris had also been linked to the openings.

The U.S. remains without Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, who are playing in the NBA Finals and are scheduled to join the team for the Olympics.

Team USA plays its final exhibition Sunday against Spain, and opens Olympic play July 25 against France before playing Iran (July 28) and the Czech Republic (July 31).

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