Paul and Griffin were already scheduled to participate, but Jordan was added to the list today. This will be the second time Deandre Jordan has participated in a Team USA mini camp. Although it is a long shot that Jordan would make the 2016 Olympic team for his country, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin should be favorites to make the final squad.
If Paul makes the squad, and USA wins gold, Chris Paul, along with LeBron James and possibly Carmello Anthony, would be the first male USA basketball player to win 3 Olympic gold medals. Griffin, who has missed participating with Team USA a times due to injury, would be looking to make his first appearance with the team.
Participation with team USA is always a great experience, especially for the younger players such as Griffin and Jordan, but it does come with risks. Paul George, a budding star for the Indiana Pacers, broke his leg last summer in an exhibition scrimmage, that caused the game to end early. George missed most of last season due to the injury, and even though he returned in time for the playoffs, was visibly not at full strength.
The Team USA mini camp is scheduled for August 11-13 in Las Vegas.
Here is a list of all the participants: