Bradley Beal, listed in Team USA protocols


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Bradley Beal, listed in Team USA protocols

LAS VEGAS – Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been placed on health and safety protocols at Team USA camp, sources confirmed to ESPN.

USA Basketball announced that a player had entered the protocol, but did not name him.

Beal, who played 30 minutes in the United States’ win over Argentina on Tuesday night, is expected to have more news on his condition by Thursday, the sources said.

There is a possibility that Beal’s situation will leave him unable to play in the Tokyo Olympics, but that has yet to be confirmed. On Tuesday he played his best exhibition game on the pre-Olympic calendar, scoring 17 points with six rebounds and three assists.

If Beal is unable to play, Team USA has the option of replacing him on the roster. Three members of the Select Team are currently playing in exhibition games: Keldon Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs, Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons.

Last week, three members of the Select roster left the team due to health and safety protocols. One player tested positive for COVID-19 and two left due to contract follow-up measures, sources said.

Team USA was off on Wednesday and is scheduled to play Australia on Friday.

The Athletic first reported that Beal had entered health and safety protocols.


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