Draymond Green commits to play for Team USA in Tokyo Olympics – The Mercury News

Warriors forward Draymond Green is among the initial commitments to play for Team USA during the Tokyo Olympics this summer, a league source confirmed to the Bay Area News Group.

The news was first reported Tuesday by The Athletic.

Green, 31, averaged 7.0 points, 8.9 assists and 7.1 rebounds this season as the Warriors lost two games in the play-in tournament to miss the playoffs for the second straight year. Green was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year and on Monday was named to the All-Defensive first team.

This will be Green’s second Olympics. In 2016, he came off the bench for Team USA that won gold in Rio de Janeiro.

For Green, winning another medal would further bolster his Hall of Fame case. A former Defensive Player of the Year who has won three championships, Green is widely considered a fringe Hall of Famer due to his modest box-score stats. But this is someone who has won at every level in his career, and should be a valuable part of Team USA this summer.

Portland’s Damian Lillard has also committed to Team USA, according to The Athletic. The Oakland native has never played for Team USA in the Olympics.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is still considering whether he’ll play in Tokyo. It would be the two-time MVP’s first chance to join Team USA in the Olympics, but the 33-year-old Curry took on a heavy load with the Warriors last season, and the NBA offseason is shorter than normal as the league returns to its normal calendar after the coronavirus delayed the start of the 2021-22 season.

Other Warriors playing international basketball this summer include Andrew Wiggins and Mychal Mulder (Canada), Juan Toscano-Anderson (Mexico) and Nico Mannion (Italy). All of their teams face qualifying tournaments starting later this month, while Team USA has already made the Olympic field.