Three NBA players promoted to national team for exhibitions

May 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) puts one finger up during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Three members of the Select Team will join Team USA for a series of five exhibition games as it prepares for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.

Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons, Darius Garland of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Keldon Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs all will be eligible to play beginning Saturday night against Nigeria in Las Vegas.

They would be eligible to play in Tokyo should one or more of the national team members be sidelined. The Select Team is a group of players who were chosen to scrimmage and practice against the U.S. Olympic Team.

Three national team members are currently playing in the NBA Finals (Devin Booker, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday), which could go through July 22.

Opening ceremonies for the Tokyo Games are Friday, July 23. The first game for the national team is against France on July 25.

–Field Level Media