NBA Have already sent 60 invitations to players
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) have confirmed that the Tokyo Olympics will take place this summer and USA Basketball have started to piece together a team which could guide them to gold medal glory.
The United States basketball federation has already sent out around 60 invitations to players who have expressed an interest in playing, including some of the biggest names in the NBA.
That’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, with some lesser-known players having also been contacted, including Bam Adebayo, Christian Wood, Duncan Robinson, Zion Williamson, Trae Young and Ja Morant.
These names have joined the 44-man list that was drawn up in February last year for the original date of the games. Among this list are names like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Kevin Durant.
There are some stumbling blocks for players wanting to travel in the final 12-man roster, however. The NBA adjusted its calendar so that the regular season ends in mid-June, but it could be extended if the finals reach seven games. The Olympics start on July 23 and the basketball tournament will be from July 25 until August 7.
Piecing a team together who can arrive and play in the finals will be a difficult task, with many possibly not having much time between finishing NBA duties and starting the tournament in Tokyo.