Report: Kings’ Cory Joseph will not play for Canada at FIBA World Cup
Sacramento Kings point guard Cory Joseph will not be playing for Team Canada at the 2019 FIBA World Cup:
NBA source tells me Cory Joseph will NOT play for Canada at the World Cup. Middle of the night in Australia so Canada Basketball comment a few hours away
— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) August 20, 2019
Joseph isn’t the only notable player who has pulled out of this year’s FIBA World Cup. Team Canada is also without the services of Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Jamal Murray, RJ Barrett and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, to name a few. Team USA is without several of its familiar faces as well, including Anthony Davis, James Harden, Damian Lillard and Kevin Love, among a host of other dropouts.
Joseph, who is celebrating his 28th birthday on Tuesday, signed with the Kings this summer, agreeing to the terms of a three-year, $37 million deal. The former 29th overall pick played in all 82 games with the Pacers last season (nine starts), racking up averages of 6.5 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field (32.2 percent from beyond the arc), 3.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 25.2 minutes per outing. He was viewed as one of Canada’s best options on the offensive end of the floor.
Canada’s first matchup of the 2019 FIBA World Cup comes against Australia on Sept. 1. Then the Canadian side will face Lithuania on Sept. 3.