USA Basketball training camp roster taking shape ahead of World Cup
Team USA’s August training camp roster ahead of the FIBA World Cup is taking shape, as Portland Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love have all been included in the 18-man pool, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The FIBA World Cup will take place in China from Aug. 21-Sept. 15. The training camp roster is also expected to include New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Eric Gordon, Boston Celtics youngster Jayson Tatum, Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, and Los Angeles Lakers young forward Kyle Kuzma, per Woj.
Rockets forward PJ Tucker told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that he’ll be attending the training camp, while Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap is also a possibility. The New York Times Marc Stein had reported earlier that Charlotte Hornets star Kemba Walker will be involved.
Collegiate sensation and consensus No. 1 pick Zion Williamson is on the 10-man select team, and he could wind up on the World Cup roster when it’s all said and done. 12 players will make the final World Cup roster.
Notable names like the Golden State Warriors’ core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, and Lakers superstar LeBron James have not been included in the training camp pool. While they may not be playing this summer, these players could all very well end up on the roster for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.