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.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.

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<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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