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Cavs' Irving ponders playing Olympics for Aussies

Published: Tuesday, June 30 2015 3:02 a.m. MDT

In this photo made Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The rookie point guard has dazzled in his first month as a pro, helping the Cavs, who won just 19 games last season, get off to a good start and giving Cleveland fans the hope they had dashed by LeBron James.  (Mark Duncan, Associated Press) In this photo made Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The rookie point guard has dazzled in his first month as a pro, helping the Cavs, who won just 19 games last season, get off to a good start and giving Cleveland fans the hope they had dashed by LeBron James. (Mark Duncan, Associated Press)

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving hasn't ruled out playing for Australia this summer in the London Olympics.

Irving was born in Australia when his father, Drederick, played there professionally. However, if he were to play for the Aussies, Irving doesn't know if he would be allowed to play for the U.S. team in upcoming games.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA draft says his decision will be based mostly on word from "FIBA officials and Australian lawyers."

Irving said U.S. Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski, his coach for one season at Duke, is aware that he's considering playing for Australia.

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