McGee, Spurs' Johnson replace Love, Beal on Team USA

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The United States' ailing men's national team is bringing in reinforcements to replace Bradley Beal and Kevin Love.

San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson and free-agent center JaVale McGee will join the team for the Tokyo Olympics, USA Basketball announced Friday.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5 small forward, averaged 12.8 points, six rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 28.5 minutes per game with the Spurs in 2020-21, his second pro season. The 21-year-old was named to USA Basketball's Select Team and then picked to fill out the Olympic team's bench during this week's scrimmages in Las Vegas.

Gregg Popovich serves as head coach of both the Spurs and the U.S. senior men's team.

McGee, a three-time NBA champion from stints with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, split last season between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets. The 33-year-old big man averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in just under 15 minutes per game.

Beal withdrew from the team Thursday after entering health and safety protocols. Love bowed out earlier Friday, citing the lingering impact of injuries. Forward Jerami Grant is also quarantining, though Team USA is optimistic he will be available in Tokyo.

The lack of healthy bodies prompted the cancellation of Thursday's planned exhibition game between the Americans and Australians.

Three members of the U.S. team - Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks and Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns - are still playing in the NBA Finals. Should the championship series go to seven games, the finale will take place July 22 - one day before the Olympic opening ceremony in Tokyo and three days before the U.S. opens group play against France.

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