DeMarcus Cousins in, Russell Westbrook out of USA Olympics team

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The Olympics are this summer and, already, the USA men's basketball team have been hit with a string of players reportedly removing their names from contention to take part in the games.

Early reports suggest that Chris Paul, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Carmelo Anthony are all considering not making the trip down to Rio de Janeiro later this year.

Well, now there is another name to add to that list. According to the man himself, Russell Westbrook has become the latest player to decide he doesn't want to participate in the Olympic Games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star released a statement on Friday confirming the news. 

"After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year's Olympics," Westbrook said in the statement.

"This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball."

Westbrook has Olympic experience, being part of the USA team at the London 2012 games. There, the guard averaged 8.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists a game.

Cousins Makes The Cut

One man who apparently will be travelling down to Brazil, however, his DeMarcus Cousins. 

According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Sacramento Kings center has already been told of his inclusion in the team.

This would be Cousins' first time at the Olympics so it is likely that he will go. He has experience playing for Team USA, representing his nation at the FIBA World Cup in 2014. 

Last year, Cousins - one of the premier centers in the entire NBA - averaged 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game as the Kings missed out on the Playoffs and enjoyed a less-than-stellar season.

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