Bradley Beal says no to Team USA and Olympics

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The 2016 Olympics are still over a month away but athletes participating in the tournament are dropping like flies in the run-up to the games. 

In basketball alone, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden and John Wall have all pulled out of the reckoning to be a part of the Team USA squad heading down to Brazil to participate.

And Team USA have now been hit with another withdrawal, as Bradley Beal has added his name to that long list of stars not making the trip to Rio de Janeiro. 

The Washington Wizards shooting guard took to his personal Twitter account this morning to go into detail about why he was rejecting the chance to represent his country. 

"I could not be more grateful for the invitation to represent my country, as it is the ultimate honor, however, it is with deep regret that I have declined the opportunity to participate with Team USA this summer in Rio," he said.

According to Beal, it is more important for him to get in as good a shape as possible for the next NBA season.

"I have made the decision to dedicate this summer to getting in the best physical shape of my life and feel it is imperative that I stay true to my plan so I can be at my very best supporting my coaches and teammates for the upcoming season."

Beal only played in 55 games last season as he struggled with injury. The 23-year-old still managed to average 17.4 points per game with the Wizards, to go along with 2.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per contest for the Eastern Conference side.

Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, Gordon Hayward and Damian Lillard have also all decided to pull out of the Olympics. 

Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George will headline Team USA, who are still heavy favourites to get the gold medal.

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