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Jeremy Lin withdrew from the team of National Basketball Association players that will practice against the U.S. Olympic squad ahead of the London Games because of his status as a free agent.
Lin, a Harvard University graduate, is a restricted free agent after a season in which he went from bench warmer to the New York Knicks’ starting point guard. NBA players can’t sign new contracts until July 11, the last of six days the USA men’s select team will train with the national team in Las Vegas.
“It was such an incredible honor to be selected, but I have withdrawn my name from the team because of my status as a free agent,” said Lin, who averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists last season. “I hope to have the opportunity to participate with USA Basketball at some point in the future.”
The Knicks can match any offer Lin receives from another team.
USA Basketball also said yesterday that Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma withdrew from the select team because of a foot injury. Members of the U.S. team that will scrimmage against the Olympic squad include DeJuan Blair and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, which includes LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
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