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Kawhi Leonard Opts Out of Paris Olympics, Derrick White Steps In for Team USA



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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has made the decision to sit out of the upcoming Paris Olympics, as announced by Team USA officials. Leonard, who was instrumental during the Clippers’ recent playoff run, will be replaced by Derrick White, the standout guard from the Boston Celtics.

The 33-year-old Leonard, who had been dealing with knee issues, played through discomfort during the Clippers’ playoff campaign but is now focusing on preparing for the upcoming NBA season. His absence from the Olympic roster comes after the Clippers and USA Basketball mutually agreed that it would be best for his long-term health.

Team USA is gearing up for the Olympics with a roster that includes other notable NBA players such as Jayson Tatum and Jrue Holiday, ready to face off against strong contenders like Serbia, Greece, Canada, and host nation France, featuring talents like Victor Wembanyama and Rudy Gobert.

USA Basketball expressed gratitude for Leonard’s dedication to the national team while acknowledging the importance of his NBA season preparations. His replacement, Derrick White, is set to join the squad shortly after signing a lucrative contract extension with the Boston Celtics.

With Leonard opting out and White stepping in, Team USA remains optimistic about their chances of securing a fifth consecutive gold medal, despite facing challenges from formidable international opponents in the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Rachel Adams

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