Bradley Beal will miss the Tokyo Olympics after being included in health and safety protocols by COVID-19. As announced USA Basketball, the federation is already working on selecting his replacement.

In addition, forward Jerami Grant has also entered these protocols as a precaution, as reported by the US national team. His availability for the Olympic event has not yet been determined but there is hope that he can be discharged to travel with the team next week, as shared by the media. ESPN.

Team USA will have more versatility in the outside game since Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker join the group after the end of the NBA Finals. In addition, Zach LaVine has performed at a good level and could take on the role of the current guard for the Washington Wizards.

Thus, this equilibrium in the back-court could push USA Basketball to consider the option of reinforcing the interior play and adding more inches to the paint.

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