Bradley Beal out of Tokyo Olympics, Jerami Grant in health and safety protocols

Chris Bumbaca
USA TODAY

Bradley Beal was days away from heading to his first Olympics, and now he won't be going to Tokyo at all. 

USA Basketball announced the men's team guard will be unable to participate in the Games after entering the health and safety protocols Wednesday. Beal's roster spot will be filled. 

The body also announced that, out of an abundance of caution, guard Jerami Grant has also entered the health and safety protocols.

The Athletic reported that Grant has not tested positive for COVID-19. 

Both Grant and Beal have entered the protocols in Las Vegas, where the team suffered back-to-back losses in exhibition games to Nigeria and Australia, respectively. 

Josh Okogie of Nigeria and Jerami Grant of the United States fight for a rebound during an exhibition game at Michelob ULTRA Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In order to participate in the Games, every athlete arriving from outside Japan must have two negative COVID tests, done on separate days, within 96 hours of departure. One of those tests has to be within 72 hours of departure.

Beal, a star guard for the Washington Wizards, had 17 points in the United States' 108-80 exhibition victory against Argentina on Tuesday. The three-time All-Star averaged 31.3 points per game this past season. 

Prior to the 2020-21 season, Grant signed a three-year, $60-million sign-and-trade with the Detroit Pistons. The 27-year-old averaged a career-high 22.3 points per game (previous best 13.6) while shooting 35 percent from 3-point range. This is the first time he's on the Olympic roster.

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