According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Smart, who just returned from a torn left calf, has opted out, citing injury concerns along with deep playoff runs in back-to-back campaigns with an abbreviated summer offseason as the reasons to rest instead of participate.
One name missing from Team USA’s 57-player pool for Olympics: Boston’s Marcus Smart, who sources say was invited but opted out due to injury concerns from playing late into consecutive seasons and a shortened offseason this summer.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 11, 2021
USA Basketball announced who were the 57 finalists for the men's U.S. Olympic team on Thursday.
USA Basketball announces the 57 finalists for the U.S. men’s Olympic team: pic.twitter.com/uu7ZbULVU5— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) March 11, 2021
While there is no word on which Celtic will make the final roster, the Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23 in Tokyo, Japan and going through August 8 of this year. It wouldn't be shocking if Walker, or Brown, who have dealt with knee issues this season and Tatum, who's still recovering from COVID-19; were to decline an invite this summer.
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