Report: Johnson, McGee Selected As USA Basketball Replacements For Beal, Love

Jul 16, 2021, 11:11 AM | Updated: 11:23 am
Keldon Johnson - JaVale McGee...
Keldon Johnson #3 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball during the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on December 23, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. San Antonio defeats Memphis 131-119. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) and JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets walks up court after colliding with Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns in Game Four of the Western Conference second-round playoff series at Ball Arena on June 13, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – USA Basketball selected Keldon Johnson and JaVale McGee as replacements for Bradley Beal and Kevin Love in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson and Love were reportedly added to Team USA’s roster on Friday, July 16.

The moves come after Beal was forced off the roster due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Love departed the roster because ongoing recovery from a calf injury.

According to the NBA insider, McGee will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada and join Team USA on Saturday, July 17.

Johnson had been participating in USA Basketball as a member of the USA Select group, which helps the Olympic roster prepare for the Games.

In addition to his prior involvement with Team USA, Johnson plays in the NBA for USA and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

During the 2020-21 regular season, Johnson averaged 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.

McGee’s first experience with USA Basketball came during a minicamp in 2009. He previously expressed interest in playing for the Philippine National Team.

Last season, McGee started the year with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was traded to the Nuggets in March. He finished the season with averages of 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per contest.

Team USA will compete in the Tokyo Olympics from July 23-August 8.

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