One week before the Tokyo Olympics get underway, it looks like the USA men’s basketball team will need a replacement for Bradley Beal.
Beal has been placed in COVID-19 protocols and as a result, is expected to miss the trip to Japan. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, USA basketball is working on a replacement for the Washington Wizards star.
Beal has been a key contributor for Team USA in its three exhibition games in Las Vegas. He’s coming off a 17-point performance in a win over Argentina on Tuesday, and won’t be easily replaced on the roster.
The reaction to the news around the basketball world has focused largely on who should or will take Beal’s place.
Saddiq is already there tho … https://t.co/KryYtcqNJC
— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) July 15, 2021
Team USA could use a playmaking guard…. https://t.co/c9F5bkNRws
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) July 15, 2021
Entire Plumlee family compound on high alert. https://t.co/RPOUsfzqeE
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) July 15, 2021
If they add a wing instead of a point guard, that would be a mistake based on what I’ve seen. https://t.co/CGyzw0RbdD
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 15, 2021
That’s tough. Lot of interesting names out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if they add a big. Watch Keldon Johnson get promoted. https://t.co/dB2XOl2hZG
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) July 15, 2021
— Tate Frazier (@tatefrazier) July 15, 2021
Trae Young. Solved it. https://t.co/k1lVH1jFhe
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 15, 2021
— solomon hill (@solohill) July 15, 2021
Tag the hooper you want to see join Team USA. https://t.co/GIhxBxpCBk
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) July 15, 2021
Three members of the USA Select Team–Darius Garland, Saddiq Bey and Keldon Johnson–have been participating in exhibition games with Team USA this week. One of them could easily get the nod to take Beal’s place.
Whoever gets to go, this is not what USA basketball wanted to worry about with the Olympics and a shot at a fourth-straight gold medal right around the corner.