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Keldon Johnson, JaVale McGee replace Bradley Beal, Kevin Love on Team USA roster

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 2021-07-16
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San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The U.S. men's basketball team found its two injury replacements for this summer's Tokyo Olympics.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Denver Nuggets veteran JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs youngster Keldon Johnson will join Team USA before its trip overseas in pursuit of a fourth straight gold medal.

A pair of spots on the Team USA roster opened up this week as Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal and Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Kevin Love had to leave the team.

Beal entered Team USA's health and safety protocols, while Love withdrew because he is not fully recovered from the right calf injury that sidelined him for much of the 2020-21 NBA season.

McGee gives the Americans some much-needed size, while Johnson brings talent and conditioning.

McGee, 33, averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game this season between the Cavs and Nuggets while shooting 51.1% from the field.

Johnson, meanwhile, averaged 12.8 points, six rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his second season with the Spurs while shooting 47.9% from the field and 33.1% from three-point range. The 21-year-old recently got to train with Team USA after earning a Select Team nod and has some familiarity with the current group and head coach Gregg Popovich.

It remains to be seen whether or not Team USA will have to make further changes to its roster before heading to Tokyo. Jerami Grant remains in health and safety protocols, while Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton are still participating in the NBA Finals. A potential Game 7 is scheduled for July 22, and Team USA begins Olympic competition on July 26.

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