Bradley Beal won’t be heading to Tokyo after all.
The Wizards guard had a sensational season in D.C., but will be replaced on the Team USA men’s basketball roster after being placed in health and safety protocols ahead of the 2021 Olympic games, USA Basketball announced Thursday.
USA Basketball is working to replace guard Bradley Beal on the team’s Olympic roster ahead of trip to Japan, sources tell ESPN. Beal entered into health and safety protocols.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2021
“USA Basketball Men’s National Team point guard Bradley Beal, who was placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols Wednesday, will remain in health and safety protocols and will be unable to participate in the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Olympic Games,” the statement said. “A roster replacement will be named at a later time.”
It’s unclear whether or not Beal failed a coronavirus test in camp.
Also potentially out on the team is guard Jerami Grant, who was also placed in health and safety protocols. Grant, reportedly, does not have a positive coronavirus test.
The United States has had a rough go of it in exhibition matchups prior to the start of the 2021 Olympics, with the team dropping matchups to Nigeria and Australia before grabbing a win over Argentina on July 13.
Why isn’t Bradley Beal playing for Team USA?
On July 15, the Wizards shooting guard was placed into health and safety protocols ahead of the team’s flight to Japan for the Olympics, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Team USA subsequently decided to pull Beal from the team. It’s unclear whether or not he has a positive coronavirus test, or if he was a close contact that forced him into protocols.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on July 14 that Beal was placed into quarantine in Team USA basketball camp.
It’s an unfortunate blow for Beal, who was going to make his first Olympic team after being under consideration in 2016, but missing out on the suqad.
Beal balled out for Washington this year, averaging 31.3 points for the Wizards, a career high. He was named to his third All-Star team and the All-NBA third team, his first All-NBA team.