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Report: Warriors’ Harrison Barnes selected for U.S. Olympic team

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will reportedly be selected for the U.S. Olympic team.
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Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will be selected for the U.S. Olympic team, The Vertical reports.

Barnes, 24, is the third member of the Warriors expected to play on the team, joining Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. His selection comes in wake of a frustrating performance in the NBA Finals. He shot 35.2% in the seven-game series, which Golden State lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The withdrawal of several other forwards helped his case for selection.

Barnes will be a restricted free agent this summer and is expected to command serious interest around the league. He averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Warriors last season on their way to an NBA record 73 regular-season wins.

After numerous reports in the past week regarding USA Basketball’s final roster, Barnes is now the 11th player linked firmly to the team, which will be officially unveiled on Monday.

The reported roster would consist of Kevin Durant (Thunder), Paul George (Pacers), Draymond Green and Klay Thompson (Warriors), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Jimmy Butler (Bulls), DeAndre Jordan (Clippers), Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan (Raptors) and Barnes.

The final spot will reportedly belong to Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving should he choose to play. The only other point guard available from the current U.S. pool is Mike Conley of the Grizzlies.