The Phoenix Suns’ new stars could be busy in the 2024-25 offseason, and it has nothing to do with the team they play within the NBA.
For all of you die-hard basketball fans out there who watch basketball all year round, whether it be the NBA, WNBA, or even FIBA World Cup play, you probably know that the 2024 Olympics are heading to Paris. You also have probably already heard the news regarding who will play on the Olympic basketball team for Team USA.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, his sources say LeBron James wants to represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics, spearheading a group of guys including Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.
Team USA used to run the Olympics, as we all know. Think about teams like The Dream Team, The Redeem Team, etc., who have dominated their respective runs to gold medals. This year, we didn’t see that from Team USA, but we also didn’t see the best talent on the roster like we are used to seeing.
Team USA finished fourth in the World Cup this season, which is not great considering the talent other rosters have. Even with a down roster in 2023, Team USA still had one of the best lineups in FIBA play.
But in 2024, that could be drastically different, and we could see two Suns players on the team. We could even see three if Bradley Beal decides to play, too.
Here is what Charania said about James and his recruitments so far:
"“James has spoken to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum, and Draymond Green, and they are all prepared to commit as well. Separately, league sources said Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox, and Dallas’ Kyrie Irving also have serious interest in committing.”"
Kevin Durant loves playing in the Olympics, and we actually saw him take home gold the most recent time. Now he is on the Phoenix Suns. Booker has played for Team USA before, as well. Seeing those two represent the country at the same time would be amazing.
Just because James has yet to speak to Beal doesn’t mean Beal won’t play. The news will continue to circulate about this topic as we get closer to the next offseason.