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Jimmy Butler accepts invite to play for USA in Olympics

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Jimmy Butler has accepted an offer to represent Team USA at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Butler, who has expressed his desire to play for the U.S. in the Olympics, recently affirmed that last week when he spoke with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons during an episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast. His acceptance means he will be reunited with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Butler will also see Bulls forward Doug McDermott at training camp in July, as McDermott is a part of the Select Team that trains with the national team.

Along with Butler, Stein also reported that Carmelo Anthony, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Draymond Green and Kyle Lowry are confirmed to be on Team USA.

Butler’s journey with USA Basketball began in 2014 when he was named to the Select Team; however, Butler was forced to play with the Select Team because of a groin injury. On Aug. 6, 2015, Butler received another opportunity, as he was named a member of the 2015-16 USA men’s national team. On Jan. 18, Butler was named a finalist to make the Olympic team.

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson has confirmed Stein’s report.

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