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Kawhi Leonard out, Derrick White in for Team USA in Paris Olympics

Kawhi Leonard out, Derrick White in for Team USA in Paris Olympics

According to reports from Shams Charania and Joe Vardon, Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard will no longer continue the journey to the Paris Olympics for Team USA.

In a statement released by Team USA, it is in the federation’s and Leonard’s team in the NBA Los Angeles Clippers’ best interest to spend the rest of the summer preparing for the upcoming season rather than join the team in Paris. Leonard has been practicing with Team USA in Las Vegas for four days now, participating in every scrimmage. Leonard reportedly felt ready to compete, with strong showings all around on both ends of the floor, but it is said he respects this upcoming decision.

In a separate report from Marc Spears, Boston Celtics guard Derrick White is set to replace Kawhi Leonard on the roster. A 6’4 guard with defensive instincts and shooting to space the floor for Team USA’s stars, White’s skillset seamlessly fits with Team USA. White recently won the NBA championship with the Celtics and will join teammates Jrue Holiday and Jayson Tatum on the team if called up.

ANALYSIS: Without Leonard, Team USA loses one of its premier two-way wings with the ability to score at will. It would be more likely that Team USA would lean more on other guards and wings to replace Leonard’s possible production with the likes of Anthony Edwards and Holiday looking to step up to the plate, including White.

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