Jerry Colangelo: LeBron Has Guaranteed Spot on 2016 Olympic Roster If He Wants It

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 24: LeBron James #6 of the US Men's Senior National Team shoots against Juan Carlos Navarro #7 of the Spain Men's Senior National Team during a Pre-Olympic Men's Exhibition Game between USA and Spain at Palau Sant Jordi on July 24, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

According to USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James knows that he has a roster spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic basketball team if he wants it.

After an interview he had on Tuesday with ESPN, Colangelo said he is content with the collective expectation that James is unlikely to make a firm decision about his participation in next summer’s Olympics until after the 2015-16 NBA season.

“He will be in town during the course of this week‎,” said Colangelo on Tuesday afternoon. “He won’t be participating in any practices to the best of my know‎ledge, but … he knows he has a [roster] spot. If he wants to perform — and I believe deep down inside he does — then I would expect that he will be playing for us next summer.”

James, who is widely considered to be the best basketball player in the world, has won two gold medals (2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London) with Team USA.

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Andrew Salmi is a recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton after he previously attended Arizona State University. He is proud to be a staff writer for Cavaliers Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewsalmi.