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Tokyo Olympics: LaVine cleared to join Team USA along with NBA Finals trio

By Ben Somerford

Tokyo, July 22: Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has cleared health and safety protocols and will join Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday (July 22).

LaVine had entered health and safety protocols earlier in the week, following Bradley Beal and Jerami Grant, with the team flying out for Japan on Monday.

Beal was withdrawn from the Olympics' roster, but Grant and LaVine have both since been cleared.

USA Basketball tweeted: "U.S. Olympic Team member Zach LaVine has cleared USA Basketball's health & safety protocols. LaVine will join the USA team in Tokyo Thursday afternoon."

LaVine averaged 27.4 points per game with 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the 2020-21 NBA season for the Bulls.

In further good news for the men's basketball gold medal favourites, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker will depart on a private plane for Tokyo on Friday.

The trio had all participated in the NBA Finals which concluded on Tuesday with the Milwaukee Bucks winning the title.

Team USA's opening men's basketball game is on Sunday against France.

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Story first published: Thursday, July 22, 2021, 5:50 [IST]
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