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Derrick White favorite to replace Kawhi Leonard on Team USA for Paris Olympics

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Derrick White is the favorite to replace Kawhi Leonard on Team USA for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Leonard’s participation is in doubt due to ongoing knee issues that sidelined him during the NBA playoffs.

If Leonard cannot play, White is considered the top choice to take his spot. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported (h/t RealGM) that White is under serious consideration for the team.

White’s selection would place him alongside his Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum and Jrue Holiday on the national squad.

The 29-year-old point guard, who is currently competing in the NBA Finals, averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 32.6 minutes per game during the regular season.

White’s defensive skills and playmaking ability make him a valuable asset for Team USA. His consistent performance with the Celtics has caught the attention of the national team’s selectors.

If selected, White would make his Olympic debut, marking a significant milestone in his career. His presence would strengthen Team USA’s backcourt options and provide a boost to their defensive strategies.

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