With Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and San Antonio Spurs LaMarcus Aldridge pulling out of consideration for Team USA, Kawhi Leonard still is in consideration, but he too has options that could possibly deter him away.
Leonard is scheduled to compete in the field of finalists for a roster spot on Team USA. The San Antonio Express-News has been informed there have been discussions within Leonard’s circle on if his name will remain in consideration.
More from Spurs News
- Spurs fans show Dejounte Murray support, buy all the New Balance shoes
- Spurs: The Athletic posts conflicting Aldridge rumors minutes apart
- Spurs: Kawhi Leonard ironically complains over lack of “consistency”
- Should the San Antonio Spurs keep Rudy Gay after all?
- San Antonio Spurs should focus on getting draft picks for Aldridge
Unlike Curry and Aldridge removing themselves from consideration because of injuries, Leonard is expecting his first child in July. As in any case, many have their families as their top priority, and Leonard being with his is no different. Not only is that the case, but security and the Zika virus concerns that continue to arise in Brazil are also a factor when he does make his decision.
Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge were selected as finalists for the team in January, but ESPN reported Aldridge joined Curry in pulling out of consideration for the 12-man roster.
Los Angeles Clippers stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, New Orleans forward Anthony Davis and Washington Wizards guard John Wall were finalists who withdrew their names from eligibility on Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2016 Summer Olympics due to injuries.
Playing for your country is what most athletes dream of. Surely all the players that have pulled themselves out of consideration would do what they could to put on the Red, White and Blue, but with injuries and a grueling NBA season, it will take a toll on one’s body.
If Leonard does withdraw his name from consideration, this would not be the first time. He withdrew from the FIBA World Cup in 2014 because he elected to heal and rest his body.
Leonard led the Spurs in scoring with 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds (third) and 1.8 steals (first) in the regular season.