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Agent: LeBron James to Skip Rio Olympics

James is the latest big name to drop from the U.S. squad

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    In this file photo from August 2, 2012, Lebron James #6 of United States stands on the court in the first half against Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. His agent tells The Associated Press James won't attend the 2016 Games in Rio.

    LeBron James will not chase gold this summer in the Rio Olympics.

    Agent Rich Paul told The Associated Press on Thursday night that James informed USA Basketball that he has withdrawn from consideration.

    James won gold medals in the last two Olympics. He led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA title this week, his sixth straight appearance in the finals.

    The 31-year-old James wanted to wait until after the season until making a decision about Rio, which would have been his fourth Olympics. He's the latest big name to drop from the U.S. squad, following two-time MVP Stephen Curry, James Harden and Chris Paul.

    James told reporters Wednesday during Cleveland's victory celebration that he was leaning toward not playing.