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Klay Thompson confirms his intention to suit up for Team USA at the Olympics

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Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski has had a pretty eye-opening week thus far.

A host of top-level NBA stars have withdrawn from consideration for the 2016 Olympics in Rio this week, with Stephen Curry and LaMarcus Aldridge chief among them.

Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul are other serious talents who are going to miss the latest opportunity to go for gold, but their season-ending injuries made the decision for them.

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LeBron James, a two-time gold medallist for his country, is another household name that is yet to decide whether he will head to Brazil this summer and he has suggested he won't make a final decision until the NBA Finals is over.

Considering that James' Cleveland Cavaliers are trailing the Golden State Warriors 2-0 in the series thus far, his decision may be coming sooner rather than later.

However, one of his opponents has made his intentions for the Games perfectly clear.

Klay Thompson has refreshingly stated a strong desire to suit up for Team USA in Brazil and has declared his intention to make Krzyzewski's final 12-man roster.

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"I hope to play for Team USA. It would be a great honour," Thompson said on Tuesday. "Just thinking about the Olympics gives me butterflies, just because that's a dream I've always had as a kid."

The Dubs star did concede he harbours some concerns about the Zika virus that has been sweeping the country, but his desire to represent his country on the biggest stage outweighs his worry.

"I'm not going to lie to you: Mosquitoes love me. I grew up in Oregon. I felt like I was always getting bit. So it's no joking matter, but it's a little concerning. But at the same time you've just got to take the precautionary steps to avoid it. But it's not going to deter me from going. Obviously, I'd still love to go represent my country."

One would imagine if Thompson makes himself available, he is going. With an average of 22.1 points a night this season as well as breaking the record for three-point shots made in a single playoff game this term, his credentials are there for all to see.

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He is also trusted with the toughest defensive assignments in the Warriors backcourt, and that part of his game should not be understated.

There are some top-class shooting guards left in the original 30-man pool that would contest Thompson for a spot. James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal and Jimmy Butler can all make a viable case at the two-spot and there really isn't a significant drop-off in quality.

However, given what Thompson has been a part of with Golden State over the course of the past two years, Team USA would be wise to equip themselves with a bona fide winner.

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