The French basketball federation announced today the 17-players preselection of the team for the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament. As expected, many players from the NBA are missing, but Tony Parker, Boris Diawy and Nicolas Batum are included, even if the last two have a big question mark near their name. If they manage to get a new deal in time in the NBA and sign it, then they may be able to play in Manila’s tournament which starts on the 5th of July.
Evan Fournier, Rudy Gobert and Ian Mahinmi won’t play for France in Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila. The news was announced by their agent Bouna Ndiaye on France TV Sport.
While the Jazz would prefer he get what general manager Dennis Lindsey refers to as “active rest,” Gobert hopes to play in the Rio Olympic Games if the French national team qualifies in June. “I haven’t made a decision yet about that (qualifier). I’m going to be smart. We’ll make decision,” Gobert said. “The Olympics are in August. I think I’m going to go if my team qualifies.”