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Report: Kawhi Leonard Not Expected to Play in Olympics

By Michael Rehome
May 8, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after a play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after a play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports /
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Add another name to the list of players dropping out of the Olympics. San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard is the latest to make the announcement according to multiple sources telling ESPN.

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Leonard is expecting his first child in July, which could have partially played a role in his decision making of not competing with Team USA in the Olympics. As we mentioned before,

Leonard looked to have been a lock

to make the Olympic team with other players withdrawing themselves from consideration earlier in the month.

As John Goodman of ESPN tweeted out, it doesn’t look like Leonard will be joining the team.

Kawhi Leonard is not expected to play on the Olympic team, multiple sources told ESPN.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 23, 2016

The most concerning factor would be the Zika virus. Quite a few athletes bowed out of the qualifying games without reason, while others are taking the next few months to heal from injuries.

The official roster for Team USA will be announced at the end of June. The team is scheduled to play a five-game exhibition showcase in Las Vegas from July 22-Aug. 1 before the Olympics officially commence on Aug. 5.

We will keep you posted when more news comes out involving Leonard’s decision.

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