Wizards' Beal is latest to decline Rio Olympics invite

WASHINGTON (AP) " 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 U.S. 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.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf03 at 09 Dec 2016 09:18:41 Processing Time: 514ms