Brooklyn Nets star James Harden has taken his name off the US roster for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics due to a hamstring injury suffered during the playoffs. The athletic‘s Shams Charania reports.
With Harden’s retirement, Charania reports that Jerami Grant of the Detroit Pistons and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls will occupy the final spots on the 12-man roster.
According to Charania, the final list will be as follows:
Harden had initially indicated an interest in joining the team in Tokyo, but was held back during the playoffs by a hamstring injury suffered in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. While he was able to return for the final three games of the series, his numbers dropped and he finished the series averaging just 10.5 points per game.
Grant, 26, is coming off his best NBA season after seeing his role increase with rebuilding pistons. In 54 starts this season, the forward averaged his career-high 22.3 points while collecting 4.6 rebounds per game.
LaVine, 26, earned his first all-star pick this season and is coming off the most productive year of his career. The six-foot-five guard averaged 27.5 points, five assists and 4.7 rebounds, all career highs, in 58 games this season.