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Kawhi Leonard Withdraws from Team USA for Upcoming Olympics

Kawhi Leonard Withdraws from Team USA for Upcoming Olympics

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Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Kawhi Leonard has officially withdrawn from Team USA for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

Boston Celtics point guard Derrick White has been mentioned as a potential successor.

Leonard played in 68 games for the LA Clippers last season but was unable to play in the playoffs due to a knee injury.

The following statement was released in a post on the @usabasketball social media site:

“Kawhi has been preparing for the Olympics over the past few weeks and has had some solid workouts in Las Vegas,” USA Basketball said in a statement. “He felt ready to compete. However, he respects the fact that USA Basketball and the Clippers felt it was in his best interest to spend the rest of the summer preparing for the upcoming season rather than participating in the Olympics in Paris.”

This is an evolving story.