Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell added to training camp roster, but he’s unlikely to attend
Team USA announced the addition of L.A. Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell to their training camp roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China on Thursday afternoon. However, Harrell is unlikely to accept the invite, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Sources: Clippers center/forward Montrezl Harrell is appreciative of invitation for USA Basketball's World Cup training camp — but he is unlikely to attend due to scheduling and upcoming NBA season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 25, 2019
Harrell, now 25 years of age and entering his fifth season of NBA service, is coming off of the best statistical year of his career. The former University of Louisville standout made 82 appearances with the Clippers during their 2018-19 regular season campaign, racking up average of 16.6 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the field, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 blocks and just under one steal (0.9) in 26.3 minutes per outing.
For a variety of reasons, several notable NBA players have decided to decline or forgo their invite to this year’s FIBA tournament, including James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal and No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.
Still, Team USA’s will have talent. Players still on the roster include: Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); and Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics).
“USA Basketball is looking to select the best team possible for the FIBA World Cup as we attempt to win a third straight gold medal,” Team USA Managing Director Jerry Colangelo said in an official statement. “We have a deep roster of men who have played for USA Basketball and who have experienced playing in FIBA events, so they understand the competitiveness of FIBA basketball and have respect for the other national teams. We’re looking forward to exposing the selected players to FIBA World Cup competition and the incredible experience of representing their country in one of the world’s premiere basketball’s competitions.”
The 2019 FIBA World Cup will kick off on Sat, Aug 31, and run through September 15.