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Jimmy Butler declines invitation for Tokyo Olympics

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Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson remain possibilities for Team USA.

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Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reported that Jimmy Butler has decided to decline an invitation from Team USA to participate in the Olympics later this summer. Butler, who was recently named to the All-NBA Third Team, will instead focus on resting before the 2021-22 NBA season.

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers had just a 71-day offseason from the 2020 Finals to the beginning of this season. Butler helped Team USA win the gold medal during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Earlier this year, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that Butler, Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson were all under consideration to make Team USA’s men’s basketball team for the 2021 Olympics.

Today, Chiang reported that Adebayo is considering the chance to play in the Olympics. Chiang also said that Duncan Robinson’s impending free agency could complicate whether he plays in the Olympics.

For NBA fans, seeing their favorite players compete in the Olympics can bring mixed emotions. Any Miami Heat fan will recall Dwyane Wade’s electrifying run during the 2008 Beijing Olympics that marked his return to top-level play after two injury-plagued seasons. But what about the risk of injury? Would Adebayo’s off-season be better spent with Team USA or in a gym working on his jump shot?