Team USA announces 30 finalists for 2016 Olympic roster

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Team USA started with 34 mini-campers vying for a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Add Andre Iguodala. Don’t add Kobe Bryant.

That left 35 players in the pool.

USA Basketball trimmed the list to 30 today:

The five cuts:

All five are fine players. But they were all longshots to begin with, and none are having a strong enough season to boost their candidacy.

That they’re such easy cuts speaks to the Americans’ depth.

The more difficult selections will come later. Team USA will pick a final roster in late June. It’s unclear whether the pool will be reduced again before that, but it’s already getting difficult to find names to drop.

It’s going to be unbearably difficult for USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo to make his final decisions for the 12-man team.