Warriors ahead Andrew Wiggins has signaled his intention to assist Canada qualify for the Olympic Video games in Tokyo this summer season.
Wiggins, a Toronto native, posted a message on his Instagram account late Monday night time that merely learn, “Crew Canada 2021” together with an emoji of a Canadian flag.
The Canadian crew will participate within the Olympic Qualifying Match in Victoria, British Columbia from June 29 to July 4. Different groups within the match are China, the Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey and Uruguay. Solely the winner of the match will advance to the Olympics, that are scheduled to start July 23.
The Warriors’ season ended with a 117-112 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday within the ultimate recreation of the NBA’s new play-in match. The Grizzlies are the No. 8 seed within the Western Convention and have already got a 1-0 lead over No. 1 Utah of their first-round collection.
Wiggins, in his first full season with Golden State, averaged 18.6 factors and 4.9 rebounds in 71 video games. He’ll play a serious function on a Canadian crew that would additionally characteristic the Knicks’ R.J. Barrett, the Raptors’ Khem Birch, and the Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks. The Canadian crew might be coached by Nick Nurse. Wiggins has not performed for Canada because the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship.
The Olympic plans for different Warriors gamers usually are not as clear.
In March, Steph Curry and Draymond Inexperienced had been confirmed as being among the many 57 finalists by USA Basketball for the American crew, though it’s unknown if Curry will make himself obtainable to be chosen.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who will act as an assistant to go coach Gregg Popovich for the U.S. crew, mentioned he instructed Curry to be affected person earlier than he decides whether or not to play in Tokyo.
“What I instructed him and what Pop has instructed him, frankly, is take some time,” Kerr mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t decide like this two days after your ultimate recreation of the season. Steph will take a while off and he’ll make no matter choice he decides to make if he desires to play on the Olympic crew or not.
“In fact no matter he decides is nice, for us, for Pop, for Crew USA. Gamers must go along with their coronary heart and put together the best way they’ve to organize and perceive their very own wants, and in order that’s all a part of the method.”
It’s unknown whether or not Nico Mannion or Alen Smailagić might be requested to assist Italy and Serbia, respectively, qualify for the Olympics. Each Italy and Serbia might be on the identical qualifying match in Belgrade from June 29 to July 4.