Even with him being placed on free agency this summer and other players backing out, Kevin Durant is firm on his decision to play at the Rio Olympics 2016.
According to Mike Stein, Durant told ESPN’s Royce Young on June 6th that he will be joining the USA Roster for the Rio Olympics 2016.
Several players such as James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook have already made the decision to back out from the Olympics on August 5, 2016.
The Zika Virus issue in Brazil is a contributing factor on why most athletes are backing out from the Olympics.
Besides the scare of Zika virus in Brazil, another possible reason for Durant to not attend in the Rio 2016 is the fact that he will be an unrestricted free agent and will be busy with all the meetings that the teams would want him to give attention to.
But with all the circumstances that came on his way, ESPN said that he is still planning to participate in Brazil.
Besides Durant, other players that are rumored to be joining the USA Rio Olympics 2016 roster are Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving who performed well on the NBA Finals, and Los Angeles Clippers’ De Andre Jordan.
The final roster for the USA will be announced at the end of June.
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