GOOD news for Canada, not so much for Gilas Pilipinas.
After helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA crown this season, Tristan Thompson now wants to help the Canadian national team book a slot for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
According to Chris Haynes of cleveland.com, sources have confirmed that Thompson will suit up for Canada in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament this coming July at the Mall of Asia Arena. It was also supported by Hoops Hype Canada via tweet.
Thompson declined to participate in the Fiba Americas Championship last year, where Canada finished third and earned entry into the OQT, to focus on his free agency in the NBA.
Armed with a big contract and an NBA title, Thompson seeks a successful follow up by playing for Canada, along with other NBA players Corey Joseph, Tyler Ennis, and Joel Anthony. Andrew Wiggins, the Minnesota Timberwolves standout who starred for Canada in the 2015 Fiba Americas, has already begged off from joining his countrymen in the Manila leg of the OQT.
Canada is slotted in Group A, along with Turkey and Senegal, where the top two teams will battle their counterparts from Group B, composed of France, New Zealand, and Gilas for the lone berth in Rio.