But the 2016 Olympics?
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?