Andre Drummond will not play for the U.S. Olympic team in Rio for the 2016 games, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Drummond's selection seemed inevitable after serving as a final cut on the 2008 squad with a number of high profile big men backing out. Instead, however, Stein reports that Team USA is turning to Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan.
With sources saying that Detroit's Andre Drummond is NOT playing, Team USA needed another big man and is turning to the Clippers' Jordan.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 23, 2016
The wording of this tweet seems a little funky. It appears to imply that Drummond turned down the opportunity to play for Team USA and Jordan was like a Plan B.
There had been no evidence coming from either Drummond or the Pistons that there was reluctance in having Drummond participate in the Olympics. Just two days ago, Stan Van Gundy talked about his plans for ensuring Drummond received coaching and worked on the fundamentals of his game during his possible Olympic commitment.
In fact, just yesterday Drummond posted on Facebook that he was "Looking forward to #USABasketball #Olympics." Something is weird.
Now it seems like Drummond will have the summer off. I'm not going to lie. This sucks. It's not like Drummond was passed over in fear of a hack-a-Dre situation considering Jordan is making the team. At this point it's unclear if he was simply leaped by what Team USA considers the superior player in Jordan or, as Stein's tweet indicates, if either Drummond or the Pistons were uncomfortable with his participation considering the importance of this offseason.
Drummond is in line to sign a massive maximum contract that will pay him north of $120 million. The deal will be signed after Detroit concludes its offseason shopping, but that starts July 1, and it's likely Drummond's deal will be signed before Team USA competition begins.
We'll have more as this develops but for now I'm going to mope in the corner.