Team USA basketball: Top potential options to replace Bradley Beal on the Olympic roster

Gregg Popovich, Bradley Beal are posing for a pictureWhile the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, it is certainly not completely over. Earlier in the playoffs, we saw Chris Paul miss the Phoenix Suns’ first two games of the Western Conference finals because he was placed in the health and safety protocols. Now, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is set to miss out on the Olympics for the same reason.

In a statement released on Thursday, USA Basketball confirmed that Beal will not travel to Tokyo later this month:

USA Basketball Men’s National Team point guard Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), who w as placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols Wednesday, will remain in health and safety protocols and will be unable to participate in the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games. A roster replacement will be named at a later time.

Team USA will be seeking a fourth straight gold medal but has looked vulnerable during their early exhibition games in Las Vegas. They lost in stunning fashion to Nigeria in one of the biggest upsets in the history of international basketball and followed that up with another upset against Australia. While they regrouped to take care of Argentina, there are still some concerns about this squad, which is without some of the best American players such as LeBron James, Steph Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis.

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