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Report: DeMarcus Cousins earns spot on Team USA for Rio Games

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Memphis.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Memphis. AP

Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has been told he has earned a spot on the United States’ basketball roster and will play in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, a league source said Friday.

The source did not want to be identified because he did not have authority to speak on the matter.

Widely regarded as the best center in the NBA, the Sacramento Kings’ Cousins was a second-team All-NBA selection for the second straight season after averaging 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Cousins, a two-time All-Star, was a part of the U.S. National team that won gold at the FIBA World Cup in 2014.

Kings forward Rudy Gay was part of the same FIBA team in 2014 and is currently in the pool of players who could make the Olympic team.

Cousins is the first Kings player to make the Olympic roster since Mitch Richmond played for Team USA in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.

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