BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 24: LeBron James #6 and Deron Williams #8 of the US Men's Senior National Team look on at the end of a Pre-Olympic Men's Exhibition Game between USA and Spain at Palau Sant Jordi on July 24, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

2016 Olympic Basketball: LeBron James, Deron Williams Want To Play For Team USA

LeBron James and Deron Williams, both gold medalists for Team USA in 2012, have announced their intentions to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Deron Williams Wants To Play For Team USA In 2014, 2016

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams isn't satisfied with a pair of golds: he's expressed desire to play for Team USA not only as it attempts to repeat at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, but also in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball.

It's hard to look four years down the road just a month after Williams and Team USA brought home gold in London, but Williams joins LeBron James as someone who has already expressed desire to once again represent his country. However, more interesting is his desire to play in the World Cup of Basketball in two years. Williams skipped out on the event previously known as the FIBA World Championships, as did James and others while Kevin Durant led the United States to victory in Turkey. Although the event has held a great deal of prestige in the international basketball community, it has been regarded as second-tier by American teams, whose 2010 victory was the first in the tournament since 1994.

Of course, a lot could change between now and 2016, when Williams will be 32 and other premier point guards will have emerged to take his place, but for now, he's interested in going to Brazil.

For more on the Brooklyn Nets, head over to NetsDaily, and SB Nation's NBA hub will have the latest on the league and anything related to Team USA.


LeBron James Wants To Return To Olympics In 2016

Despite already being one of three U.S. players to be on three different Olympic teams, LeBron James is looking to be part of a fourth when the RIo Games roll back around in 2016, according to Sports Illustrated.

James, just a week removed from taking the gold medal home from London, has said that as long as he's healthy and the rules still allow it, he would like to be that veteran presence on one final team.

James says he's "done the math" and he'll be 31 when the next games occur. While that may seem old to some, to put it in perspective, Earvin "Magic" Johnson was 32 when he was a key contributor on the original "Dream Team," with Larry Bird clocking in at a cool 35.

James still hasn't showed the slightest sign of decline despite the tread on his tires, averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game in last year's NBA MVP campaign.

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