(Belgrade) Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was included in Serbia’s provisional roster for the Paris Olympic men’s basketball tournament on Monday, putting an end to rumors that he would leave. absent.

Jokic, named the NBA’s MVP three times, has missed major international tournaments in recent years, citing fatigue caused by long NBA seasons.

Jokic’s campaign ended abruptly, however, after the 2023 NBA champion Nuggets were eliminated by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He spent the last few weeks with his friends and brothers.

Other players on Serbia head coach Svetislav Pesic’s provisional roster include Charlotte Hornets guard Vasilije Micic, teammate Aleksej Pokusevski, Miami Heat forward Nikola Jovic and Hawks point guard from Atlanta Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Serbia opens its Olympic men’s basketball tournament on July 28 against the United States.