Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green are among the initial commitments to Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, sources tell The Athletic.


Lillard, who turns 31 on July 15, will be playing in his first Olympics after dropping out of consideration for the 2016 Rio Games, where the U.S. men’s team won its third consecutive gold medal. Green, 31, was a part of the 2016 team, which finished the tournament 8-0.

Training camp begins July 6 in Las Vegas with coach Gregg Popovich, with rosters expected to be set by late June. The group stage of the tournament runs from July 25 to Aug. 1, with the knockout stage running from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7.

Lillard averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds during the 2020-21 regular season, finishing seventh in MVP voting. Portland’s campaign ended June 3, when the Blazers lost in six games to the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs.

Green averaged seven points, 8.9 assists and 7.1 rebounds this season, as the Warriors lost two games in the Play-in Tournament to miss the playoffs. He was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-Defensive first team on Monday.

Courtesy: TheAthletic


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