Report: Mike Conley wants to be considered for Team USA despite injury

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Mike Conley is out the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

But the 2016 Olympics?

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will not withdraw his name from consideration for Team USA even though he’s out for the season with an Achilles injury, a league source told cleveland.com.

There’s no harm in remaining under consideration. But it seems unlikely Conley makes the Rio roster.

Even without Chris Paul: The Americans are loaded at point guard: Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard. Do they really want to take a chance on Conley – who, even healthy, ranks behind at least Curry and Westbrook – without him returning to the court first? Even though the Games aren’t until August, Jerry Colangelo said he planned to pick the roster in late June without a tryout.

And if Conley is somehow selected, would he play? He’ll be a free agent this summer, and he can’t talk to teams until July 1. Though he’ll probably have a new deal by the start of the Olympics, he’d have to commit to Team USA before free agency. That’s a tricky timeline.

The bigger question: If Conley believes it’s possible he’ll be healthy enough for the Olympics, could he return in the playoffs if the Grizzlies last long enough?