Report: Harden commits to play for Team USA at Tokyo Olympics
Harden is set to join a growing list of NBA stars in Tokyo, including teammate Kevin Durant. Other commitments to the 12-man squad include Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, and Boston Celtics wing Jayson Tatum.
Harden's commitment to Team USA comes after the star battled through hamstring injuries for much of the 2020-21 campaign, including in the Nets' second-round series loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The 31-year-old averaged 24.6 points, 10.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds in 44 games this past regular season.
Harden and Durant's teammate, Kyrie Irving, is unlikely to suit up in Tokyo as he continues to recover from his sprained ankle, Charania adds. Further, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell won't participate in the Olympic Games in order to rehab his own ankle injury, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Team USA is set to begin training camp on July 6 prior to the Olympic men's basketball tournament, which runs from July 25 to Aug. 7. The Americans are looking to win a fourth straight gold medal.