Could Mavericks’ Kyrie Irving join LeBron James, other NBA stars at 2024 Paris Olympics?


It didn’t take long for the wheels to start turning after Team USA’s semifinal loss to Germany in the FIBA World Cup.
The U.S. finished off a fourth-place finish at the World Cup on Sunday, with a team comprising just three current NBA All-Stars and no one with prior national team experience.
It’s sounding more and more like LeBron James wants to change that before the 2024 Olympic Games.
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According to a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Joe Vardon, James is ready to commit to playing in the Games next summer, the NBA all-time leading scorer apparently looking to add a third gold medal to his collection.
The report also says that James has essentially started recruiting fellow NBA stars to join him on the team in Paris next summer. The report says James has already spoken with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and a handful of others, and it lists Mavericks star Kyrie Irving as having ‘serious interest’ in committing to the team as well.
Irving and James obviously share a connection through the title they won together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but more recently Irving was reportedly pitching the idea of the Mavericks trading for the Lakers star. Teaming up for the U.S. would give them another shot at playing together.
Irving played on the U.S. team in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil‎, and won a gold medal along with Durant, Paul George, Jimmy Butler and others. LeBron James was not on that roster. Irving averaged 11.4 points and 4.9 assists in eight Olympic matches.
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