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Bradley Beal out of Team USA roster for Olympics

/ 02:43 PM July 16, 2021
(FILES) In this file photo Bradley Beal #4 of the United States passes against Nigeria during an exhibition game at Michelob ULTRA Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. - NBA guard Bradley Beal will not play for the US Olympic basketball team in Tokyo while forward Jerami Grant has joined him in Covid-19 protocols, USA Basketball announced on July 15, 2021. A roster replacement for Beal will be named later, likely from a squad of NBA players who have worked with the Olympic squad during a Las Vegas training camp the past 10 days. (Photo by Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

(FILES) In this file photo Bradley Beal #4 of the United States passes against Nigeria during an exhibition game at Michelob ULTRA Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. -(Photo by Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal remains in health and safety protocols and will not be able to play for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, USA Basketball announced Thursday.

Beal was placed under COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday in Las Vegas, where Team USA has been practicing and scrimmaging in advance of the Games.

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Further, forward Jerami Grant was placed under protocols “out of an abundance of caution,” USA Basketball said.

Reports said Team USA is now working to replace Beal on the Olympic roster. One option would be a guard from the Select Team that is practicing with the Olympic group in Las Vegas; candidates could include Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Keldon Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs and Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons.

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Beal started each of Team USA’s first three exhibition games this month and scored 17 points in the win over Argentina on Tuesday.

The Wizards star is coming off a career scoring season in which he finished second in the NBA behind only Steph Curry with 31.3 points per game, along with 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

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