Sixers’ Josh Richardson being considered as a replacement for Team USA pool
Philadelphia 76ers swingman Josh Richardson might be added to the USA Basketball pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Josh Richardson is being considered as a replacement for Team USA per @TheAthleticNBA
— Greg Sylvander (@Lefty_Leif) July 22, 2019
Richardson is coming off a strong 2018-19 season, during which he averaged career-highs 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 73 games with the Miami Heat. He was eventually traded to the Sixers earlier this month as part of a four-team deal that sent Jimmy Butler to Miami.
USA Basketball has been hit by several withdrawals from key players in the past few days. James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Eric Gordon, Tobias Harris and CJ McCollum were among the 20 players invited to participate in the Las Vegas camp. However, they withdrew to focus on preparing for the next NBA season.
Superstars like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant previously said that they will skip the World Cup.
Left in the pool are Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Paul Millsap, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, PJ Tucker, Myles Turner and Kemba Walker.
Zion Williamson, who was part of the Select Team and had a chance to make the final roster, also withdrew from consideration. In turn, USA Basketball recently added Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Julius Randle and Thaddeus Young as reinforcements.
It remains to be seen if Josh Richardson will accept if invited. His Sixers teammate, Harris, already withdrew, while Ben Simmons also opted not to participate for Australia.