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Report: James Harden to be added to Team USA's preliminary roster

By Royce Young | NBA writer

With Team USA dealing with a rash of injuries, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said he would consider re-opening the player pool for roster additions to this summer's Olympic team.

Included as a likely addition to the preliminary roster? James Harden. Via USA Today:

With injuries to prospective players for Team USA basketball at the Summer Games in London, an intriguing name has emerged for strong consideration as a late addition to the preliminary roster: Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden.

Harden likely will be added, possibly as soon as today, USA TODAY Sports learned from a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Currently two Thunder players are on the Team USA roster (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant). Twelve players will make the final London roster, with both Durant and Westbrook virtual locks to make that team. Team USA needs to turn in a 12-man roster and six alternates by June 18.

Along with Harden, players like Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Kyrie Irving and John Wall reportedly are being considered. Davis and Harden have emerged as the two likely frontrunners for the extra slots though.

SI.com reported Wednesday that Davis was to be added to the preliminary player pool and if Harden is the other addition, that brings Team USA to 18, which is the magic number for it to hit.

Harden, this season's likely Sixth Man of the Year, averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists and shot 49.1 percent from the field, 39.0 percent on 3-pointers and 84.6 percent from the foul line — all career highs while scoring a career-high 40 points against the Phoenix Suns on April 18.
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