Chicago Bulls goalie Zach LaVine was placed in Covid-19 security protocols on Monday and did not join his US Olympic basketball teammates to travel to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics.
USA Basketball has said he hopes LaVine can travel to Tokyo later this week and join his fellow NBA star colleagues in time for Sunday’s Olympic opener against France.
A USA Basketball statement said LaVine did not travel with the team “out of caution” after starting Covid-19 health and safety measures, but did not say if he had contracted the virus or if it was selected for contact tracing.
LaVine scored 13 points for the Americans on Sunday in an 83-76 exhibition victory over defending World Cup basketball champions Spain in Las Vegas.
The US team have already lost Washington goalkeeper Bradley Beal after being placed in Covid-19 protocols and centering Kevin Love due to a calf injury.
The Americans added Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs goaltender Keldon Johnson to replace Beal and Love.
The US team is expected to add three more players after the conclusion of the NBA Finals – Phoenix goaltender Devin Booker and Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton.
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