Carmelo Anthony has accepted his invitation to play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The announcement comes in the wake of a bevy of NBA superstars declining the invitation to represent their country at the summer games.
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard are all players who have decided to sit out of the games for reasons that range from health to focusing on free agent recruiting.
“This was a very difficult decision,” said Leonard. “It’s an honor to have been considered for the team, and I hope that in the future I will have the chance to represent my country by playing for USA Basketball.”
Anthony is joined by Paul George, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson and Kyle Lowry as players who have committed to playing in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
Kyle Lowry was not a member of the original Team USA roster pool but because of all of the dropouts has been invited.
Team USA anticipated that many players would choose not to play and always expected officially announce the 12 man Rio roster in late June after the completion of the NBA Finals.
Sources close to Anthony confirmed on Thursday that the New York Knicks star had indeed accepted the invitation.
Anthony has a chance to become the first men’s basketball player in the history of the Olympics to win three gold medals. He also has a bronze medal from the 2004 Athens games.