Zach LaVine is guarded by Matisse Thybulle of the Australia Boomers during an exhibition game July 12 in Las Vegas. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images
The guard had been in USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols, but the program announced late Tuesday that LaVine would rejoin the team Thursday afternoon.
Bulls guard and U.S. Olympian Zach LaVine cleared USA Basketball’s health & safety protocol and will join the team Thursday afternoon in Tokyo, the organization said late Tuesday.
LaVine was in the protocols for contact tracing and wasn’t allowed to fly with the team Monday from Las Vegas. But he will arrive in time to play in the team’s Olympic opener Sunday against France.
In addition to LaVine, the U.S. team will gain Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday from the newly crowned NBA-champion Bucks and Devin Booker from the Suns. They’re expected to arrive in Tokyo this week.