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Kyrie Irving, Harrison Barnes to play for U.S. in Olympics

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots a 3-point shot

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots a 3-point shot against the New York Knicks in there fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Photo Credit: AP / Mark Duncan

Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes will play for the U.S. Olympic basketball team, filling out the 12-man roster, according to a person with knowledge of the details. Irving and Barnes have accepted spots, the person told The Associated Press on Saturday, two days before the Americans plan to announce the team headed to Rio.

The Americans had received 10 confirmations by Thursday and were holding spots for Irving and LeBron James, who wanted more time to decide after winning the NBA championship. James opted not to play but Irving should be an important player after a number of top point guards withdrew.

Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup.

The rest of the roster: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler and DeAndre Jordan.

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