The 2012 London Olympics are not nearly as far off in the distance as they seem to be and, unfortunately, that's bad news for the decision-makers who have to decide what roster Team USA will put on the court this July. The men's basketball team automatically qualified for a berth in this year's games, but they've lost a few solid contributors due to injury over the last couple of months.
Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge have all been ruled out and Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has already stated he's not interested in representing America at the Olympics this offseason. That leaves a few gaping holes, but ESPN's Marc Stein has received intel that says USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has decided to look into adding a few players to the team's preliminary 20-man roster (before they eventually cut down to 12).
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe and incoming Kentucky star Anthony Davis -- widely regarded as a lock to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft -- are among the big men under consideration to be among the late additions Colangelo mentioned.
All four players would certainly be interesting additions, though it doesn't seem Colangelo is close to naming the replacements any time soon.
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