We have pretty much known all along that Kyrie Irving would have a spot on Team USA for the Olympics if he wanted one. Despite a long season that culminated in a grueling Finals, he apparently does want one, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
ESPN sources say Kyrie Irving has accepted an invitation from USA Basketball to play on this summer's Olympic team— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 25, 2016
Irving played on the 2014 team that won the gold medal at the FIBA World Cup. He was named most valuable player of that tournament after averaging 12.1 points per game on 56.3 percent shooting. In the gold medal game against Serbia, he scored 26 points and went 6-of-6 from three-point range.
It looks like the rest of Mike Krzyzewski's squad will include Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Paul George, Kyle Lowry, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, DeMar DeRozan, and Harrison Barnes.
The opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro on August 5th, and the men's basketball competition will begin the next day, with Team USA scheduled to take on China in their first game.