July 16 (UPI) -- Team USA's Men's National Team was forced to replace another basketball star for the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, with forward Kevin Love announcing his withdrawal through his agent, Jeff Schwartz.
"I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level, and I am just not there yet," Love said in a statement released by Schwartz to ESPN.
USA Basketball announced Thursday that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will not participate for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics. Beal was placed in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols earlier this week.
Team USA also canceled its scheduled exhibition game against Australia on Friday "out of an abundance of caution."
Love missed 46 games last season due to injury. He averaged 12.2 points per game in 2020-21 for the Cavaliers. He scored one point in two exhibition game appearances for Team USA this summer in Las Vegas.
Team USA's final exhibition game is against Spain on Friday in Las Vegas. The men's team meets France in its first game of the Tokyo Olympics at 8 a.m. EDT July 25 in Saitama, Japan.