Posted July 03, 2012

Report: Blake Griffin to make Olympic team; 5 others to fight for 2 spots

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After a series of injuries led to uncertainty over the United States’ roster for this summer’s London Olympics, the pieces are coming together ahead of this weekend’s announcement: Blake Griffin will make the team and five other players are in the running for the team’s last two spots, reports CBSSports.com‘s Jeff Goodman on Twitter.

Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will all miss the Olympics with various injuries. Lamar Odom also reportedly decided to skip the Games to concentrate on preparing to play for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Gordon and Harden would seem to fill similar roles on the team as offensive threats off the bench. Gay and Iguodala are also similar. Both could likely play both forward spots in international competition. Iguodala would likely be a better fit as a defensive stopper for the team.

The wild card is former Kentucky star and recent No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis. With the losses of Howard, Aldridge and Bosh, Team USA is lacking in big men. But Davis reportedly suffered a severe ankle sprain in a workout Monday and was believed to be out of consideration to make Team USA.