Injured Greivis Vasquez will not play for Venezuela in Rio

ByMike Mazzeo ESPN logo
Friday, July 29, 2016

Brooklyn Nets reserve point guard Greivis Vasquez will not play for Venezuela in the Olympics because he is still recovering from injury.

"After a great deal of consultation with the Nets and team doctors, I have been advised that unfortunately it will be necessary for me to withdraw from Olympic competition. While it would have been a great honor and a dream to join my teammates and represent our country in Rio, the medical staff feels that it is essential that I devote this time to work towards getting healthy for the upcoming season," Vasquez said in a statement.

Vasquez underwent ankle surgery in mid-December while with the Milwaukee Bucks and was limited to just 23 games last season as a result.

Vasquez signed a one-year contract with the Nets that could be worth $5 million with incentives.