It appears that Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond won’t be chasing gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
ESPN’s Marc Stein, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that Drummond will not play for Team USA, which instead will turn to the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan to play center on the 12-man roster. Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has the other center spot.
A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told the Free Press recently that Drummond was having second thoughts about participating, based on his previous experience with Team USA. (It’s not known whether Drummond actually was invited this time.)
Drummond was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup but played sparingly. In hindsight, his time might have been better spent working on individual improvement.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had promised to make a staff member available to Drummond for individual work if he were selected for Team USA.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (Michigan State), meanwhile, reportedly has committed to the U.S. team.
Pistons wings Stanley Johnson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are part of the USA Select Team that will train with the Olympic squad. Former Spartans Denzel Valentine and Gary Harris (Nuggets) will also be on the select squad.
The basketball competition at the Olympics begins Aug. 6.
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