Middleton, Love to play in Olympics, agent says

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love have committed to joining Team USA’s 12-man roster for the Summer Olympics, Excel Basketball agent Mike Lindeman told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Middleton will be making his first Olympic appearance after playing for Team USA in the Basketball World Cup in 2019, while Love will be in his second Olympics after winning gold at the 2012 London Games.

Their commitments would leave two spots left on the 12-man Olympic roster, as 10 players — the others are Miami’s Bam Adebayo, Brooklyn’s James Harden and Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Portland’s Damian Lillard — have already pledged to play, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are among those who have recently declined invitations. Curry cited offseason commitments, according to The Associated Press, while Mitchell will use the time to recover and rehab from his right ankle injury, sources told Wojnarowski.

The LA Clippers’ Paul George and, if healthy, Kawhi Leonard have given some indication to USA Basketball in recent weeks that they would like to play on the Olympic team, though it remains unknown whether they have made a final decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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