JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson Join USA Olympic Basketball Team After 2 Withdrawals

The U.S. Olympics basketball team announced Friday that Cleveland Cavalier forward Kevin Love withdrew from the roster because of a calf injury, the Associated Press reported. JaVale McGee, a center for the Denver Nuggets, and San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson will be joining the 12-man roster in place of Love and Bradley Beal, who also withdrew from the team, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Friday.

First reported by ESPN, Jeff Schwartz, Love's agent, confirmed Love would not be participating in the Tokyo games.

"I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet," Love said in a statement released by Schwartz.

The team announced Thursday that Beal, a guard from the Washington Wizards, would also miss the Olympics after being placed into health and safety protocols, the Associated Press reported. Johnson was already in Las Vegas training alongside the existing Olympic team.

McGee, who was a finalist for the Olympic team roster, will travel to join them on Saturday.

The U.S. team canceled Friday's exhibition match with Australia "out of an abundance of caution," citing health and safety concerns.

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Javale McGee
JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets will replace one of two players for USA Basketball at the Tokyo Olympics. Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns, left, shoots past McGee, right, in Game Four of the Western Conference second-round playoff series at Ball Arena on June 13 in Denver, Colorado. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The addition of McGee and Johnson means that much of the U.S. roster will have little time together before its Olympic opener July 25 against France.

Johnson, who plays for U.S. coach Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, was a member of the select team of young players training against the Americans. McGee, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets last season, has won three NBA titles but has no Olympic experience.

Love would have been trying for a second Olympic gold medal, having played for the Americans in London in 2012. He also was on the team that won gold two years earlier in the world championships.

That past USA Basketball experience helped him get selected for this roster despite his difficult NBA season. Love missed 46 games because of the injury and averaged just 12.2 points in 25 games.

He played in two of the Americans' three exhibition games in Las Vegas, scoring one point.

The U.S. was already short-handed before the losses of Beal and Love. Milwaukee's Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, along with Phoenix star Devin Booker, won't join the team until after the NBA Finals.

Kevin Love
Cleveland Cavalier forward Kevin Love withdrew from the USA Basketball team. Love make a pass during practice for USA Basketball, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Las Vegas. John Locher/AP Photo