Rehabbing Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will practice with USA Basketball during the upcoming Las Vegas minicamp this week, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. ESPN’s Marc Stein says New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will join him on the practice court.
It was long known that Durant and Anthony would be in Vegas for the minicamp, which had its 34-man roster finalized last week. USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said that if a player wanted to be in consideration for the 2016 Olympics, they should be in attendance in Vegas, even if they weren’t healthy enough to participate.
But it turns out the two stars are healthy enough to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, although they aren’t expected to play in the scrimmage on Thursday. Durant has been rehabbing after a third surgery on his fractured right foot, which bothered him all of last season. The third surgery occurred in late March. Anthony underwent knee surgery in February.
Durant and Anthony starred in the 2012 London Olympics, with Durant leading the team in scoring and Anthony coming in second. A healthy Durant is a lock to make the 2016 Olympic squad if he wants to play, while Anthony isn’t as quite of a sure thing despite his past international success.