Kawhi Leonard withdraws from Team USA for Paris Olympics

Kawhi Leonard withdraws from Team USA for Paris Olympics Kawhi Leonard is OUT of the Olympics

Kawhi Leonard will not compete at this summer's Olympic Games.

It comes as a bitter blow to Team USA as they look to win the gold medal in the French capital this summer.

Celtics guard Derrick White will be replacing Leonard, according to reports.

Leonard has struggled with injuries and a right knee issue kept him sidelined during the NBA playoffs.

He was seen limping slightly after one practice last week but was a full participant in Tuesday's team walk-through.

Leonard said after that walk-through that he'll be 'good' for Wednesday night's exhibition against Canada.

But, 24 hours later, the decision has been made for Leonard to skip the Olympics and instead fully focus on being healthy for next season with the Clippers.

A statement read: 'Kawhi has been ramping up for the Olympics over the past several weeks and had a few strong practices in Las Vegas. He felt ready to compete.

'However, he respects that USA Basketball and the Clippers determined it's in his best interest to spend the remainder of the summer preparing for the upcoming season rather than participating in the Olympic Games in Paris.'

More to follow.

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