Blake Griffin eyes 2016 Olympics shot after missing out in 2012

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Three years after missing out on the London Olympics because of a freak injury, Blake Griffin is eyeing a trip to Rio next summer.

The Clippers forward will attend USA Basketball's minicamp in Las Vegas next month as he looks for a

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spot on the 2016 Olympic team, ESPN reports.

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Griffin tore the meniscus in his left knee when it twisted after John Wall stepped on his foot during a pre-Olympics scrimmage in July 2012. The injury came shortly after Griffin signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension with the Clippers and kept the forward from representing the U.S. in London.

Griffin also had to skip last summer's FIBA World Cup after suffering a back injury, so he's been anxious to wear his country's colors for some time.

While Griffin is expected to participate in the Aug. 11-13 minicamp, Carmelo Anthony will not. The Knicks star is still recovering from knee surgery but plans to be in attendance at the camp nonetheless, the New York Post reported Friday.

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