June 18, 2021 | 4:58 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The most pressing issue, obviously, is his availability for the Western Conference finals, but Phoenix’s Chris Paul has been actively pursued this month by @usabasketball for a spot on the Tokyo Olympic team, league sources say. Lots for Paul, 36, to weigh amid a deep playoff run
Darius Maskoliunas’ selection used the force of Jonas Valanciunas to beat the Dominican Republic in the first game of their Pre-Olympic Tournament. The Lithuanian NT captain had 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead all scorers, Marius Grigonis followed with 13 points and Lukas Lekavicius had 12 points and 5 assists.
Cedi Osman stepped up for the Turkish selection with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists as the team beat Russia with ease to start their preparations for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Draft prospect Alperen Sengun had 13 points and 8 rebounds
It was announced today that the National Basketball Athletic Equipment Managers Association (NBAEMA) named Utah Jazz Equipment Manager Adam Klauke the 2020-21 David “DH” Nordstrom Equipment Manager of the Year. The award is given for outstanding achievement and professionalism that goes above and beyond both on and off the basketball court and is voted on by all 30 NBA equipment managers.
June 18, 2021 | 3:43 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has committed to Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics, sources tell me and @Joe Vardon. Beal joins Portland’s Damian Lillard, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Golden State’s Draymond Green among initial pledges.