Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will be reunited after all — on Team USA.
Butler has accepted an invitation to the 12-man roster that will compete in this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, two sources confirmed. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported Butler’s participation.
Thibodeau serves as Mike Krzyzewski’s assistant coach. The team will play an exhibition game at the United Center against Venezuela on July 29.
Butler consistently stated his desire to play in Rio despite suffering a knee injury late last season that affected him down the stretch. Butler has had no issues with his knee during offseason workouts.
The two-time All-Star joins a star-studded roster that includes Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony even as high-profile names like Stephen Curry opted for rest instead. This is Krzyzewski’s last tournament as national coach.
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