USA Basketball plans to announce the 18 candidates for the 2012 Olympic team by January 18. Sources told ESPN that 2008 Gold medalists Carlos Boozer, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd and Jason Kidd have been ruled out. Blake Griffin is likely the only player not part of the 2008 Olympic or 2010 world championship rosters who will be considered: “A source close to the process told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that four players from the 2008 Olympic team have been ruled out of consideration for the 18 2012 finalists. Those four are Chicago’s Carlos Boozer, Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince, Phoenix’s Michael Redd and Dallas’ Jason Kidd. The source also said that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is likely the only player who wasn’t part of the 2008 Olympic squad or the 2010 world championship roster that will be considered for the 2012 roster in addition to the 20 players.”
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