DeMar DeRozan says representing the USA is hard to 'put into context'

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DeMar DeRozan may be a free agent, but it seems his focus is set solely on representing the United States of America at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The shooting guard joins his teammate Kyle Lowry and 10 other players to wear the stars and stripes in the hope of winning a third consecutive gold medal for the nation.

DeRozan has experience of representing his country having been part of the roster that claimed FIBA World Cup gold in Spain two years ago.

Ahead of the tournament that begins in August, the Compton native admitted it was hard to explain the feeling, saying: “Words cannot put it into context. Because to sit here with the USA on our chest, 12 of the best basketball players in the world, to go out there and compete for our whole country that’s going to be watching us, the whole world is going to be watching us, it’s amazing.”

Team USA have had to delve deeper into their talent pool after LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard and others withdrew from consideration while Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, John Wall, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge all cited injury problems.

However, despite the vast array of talent that will not be involved, Team USA should still have the necessary ability to see off the challenge of Spain, Argentina and the other competing nations.

For DeRozan, he is set to make an incredible amount of money after his career-best year with Toronto as they amassed a record number of regular season wins and reached their first-ever Eastern Conference Finals.

His inclusion at shooting guard was a no-brainer and he will share the workload with Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.

DeMar DeRozan
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Atlantic Division
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