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Report: Team USA vs. Australia exhibition canceled over Covid-19 concerns [UPDATE]

With the outbreak within Team USA basketball, the two teams will call off their exhibition match in Las Vegas.

Bradley Beal of the United States is guarded by Patty Mills and Matisse Thybulle of the Australia Boomers during an exhibition game at Michelob Ultra Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Australia defeated the United States 91-83. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Update — Team USA and Australia have called off their exhibition game on Friday due to concerns over Covid-19, per Shams Charania.

Team USA basketball has gotten off to a rough summer heading into the Tokyo Olympics. After Bradley Beal and Jerami Grant were placed in health and safety protocols, the team announced that Beal would need to be replaced and isn’t going to Japan. Now, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting Friday’s exhibition match in Las Vegas between Team USA and Australia may be canceled due to Covid-19 concerns.

Team USA has already announced that Beal will not travel with the team to Japan and will need to be replaced on the roster. Early reports are that Miami Heat G Duncan Robinson is being considered to replace Beal. It’s unclear if Grant will need to be replaced on the roster as well. Chances are the U.S. and Australia teams won’t risk playing an exhibition game with the tournament starting next weekend.

The United States lost its first exhibition match to Australia last week and also lost to Nigeria in Las Vegas. Team USA bounced back with an easy win over Argentina after the two straight losses. Jayson Tatum is dealing with a knee injury and hasn’t played since the first exhibition game against Nigeria. So Team USA could end up being down Grant, Beal and Tatum, while three players are still in the NBA Finals and have yet to join the team: Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker.