Reports: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green among those to play for USA in Rio Olympics

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For the past couple weeks, the focus has been on the players not going to Rio to play for Team USA in the Olympics this summer: Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, James Harden, John Wall, and others.

But the pool of talent with USA Basketball is so deep, it will not matter.

Marc Stein of ESPN had a report on who is in for a summer trip to Rio.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant remains intent on playing in this summer’s Olympics after his looming free agency, unmoved by the recent withdrawals of a few high-profile names, according to league sources….

Sources say Indiana’s Paul George and Golden State’s Klay Thompson are also considered locks alongside Durant for the 12-man Olympic roster that will be revealed in coming days, joining Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, whose inclusion was first reported by The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears earlier this month….

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, sources say, is regarded as a near certainty to claim a spot on the roster as long as he remains available — as expected — following the Cavaliers’ long playoff run.

Marc Spears of The Undefeated at ESPN added a name to the list.

Warriors forward Draymond Green has accepted an invitation to play on USA Basketball’s 2016 Rio Olympics team, a source told The Undefeated.

The big name still on the fence is LeBron James, who on Sunday night just carried Cleveland to its first ever NBA title. His decision likely will influence what Carmelo Anthony decides to do.

I would be shocked if Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler do not make the final roster, coach Mike Krzyzewski has a fondness for guys who can impact both ends of the court.

Damian Lillard likely will make the cut at point guard. The team will need another center behind Cousins, which will probably be either Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan.

Whoever makes the roster, Team USA will be the prohibitive favorite to win the gold.

The announcement of the 12-man roster is expected by the end of June. Team USA opens training camp in Las Vegas July 18. The Olympics begin with the opening ceremonies on Aug. 5, with basketball tipping off the next day (the schedule of games is not yet released).