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    Bradley Beal is the latest to withdraw from consideration for Team USA to Rio Olympics

    Jun 25, 2016
    Bradley Beal joins LeBron James, Chris Paul and other high profile players who have declined the chance to play for Team USA in Rio. AP

    WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the Rio Olympics.

    Beal said on Twitter that he has decided to dedicate his summer to getting into shape for next season. He called the invitation from USA Basketball "the ultimate honor."

    The 22-year-old is the latest player to turn down the chance to play for the US in Rio. NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden and others have said they won't go.

    Beal just finished his fourth professional season. He averages 16.0 points a game.

    Wizards teammate John Wall removed himself from consideration when he had knee surgery after the season ended.

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    Bradley Beal joins LeBron James, Chris Paul and other high profile players who have declined the chance to play for Team USA in Rio. AP
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