Melo, Lowry, Butler to play for U.S.; Lillard out

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Add Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler to the list of players who have committed to representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Anthony, who has a chance to become the first men’s basketball player to win three Olympic gold medals, will be making the trip to Rio, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday after it was first reported by The Vertical. He won gold with the U.S. in 2008 and 2012, and he also won a bronze medal in 2004.

Butler, who averaged 20.9 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls this season, also has committed to play, sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein, and is set to be joined on the team by Lowry, who averaged 21.2 points and 6.4 assists for the Toronto Raptors this season, The Vertical reported.

Kevin Durant confirmed earlier this week that he would play in Rio, while sources have told The Undefeated that Paul George, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins also will play for the U.S.

Souces told ESPN that Team USA remains hopeful that Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson will ultimately accept their Olympic invites after long playoff runs.

Damian Lillard will not be making the trip to Rio, The Vertical reported Thursday, as the Portland Trail Blazers guard continues to rehab his plantar fasciitis injury.

All were among the 31 finalists named for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in January.

USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff will hold a four-day training camp in Las Vegas from July 18 to July 21, and then the team will play five exhibition games, starting July 22 against Argentina and ending Aug. 1 against Nigeria. The Olympic basketball tournament will take place Aug. 6-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

ESPN’s Marc Stein and Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated contributed to this report.

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