USA Basketball had known that Paul was trending toward this decision for several days, sources said. The Suns are in the Western Conference finals against the LA Clippers, and if they reach the NBA Finals, there would be virtually no break for Paul from the end of the NBA season and the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Game 7 of the Finals is set for July 22, and Team USA’s opening Olympic game against France is July 25.
Paul missed Game 1 of the West finals and will not play in Game 2 after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols Wednesday. His return to play remains indefinite.
The 36-year-old Paul was part of the U.S. teams that won Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Games. He also withdrew his name in 2016 for the Rio de Janeiro Games.