The USA basketball roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup is slowly taking shape, as some NBA stars elect to drop out of consideration for the team while others reaffirm their commitment.
As of this morning, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is dropping out and won’t be with the program the rest of the summer. He is just the latest big name to remove themselves from the roster.
However, Utah Jazz standout Donovan Mitchell will remain with Team USA, according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes.
Utah Jazz emerging star Donovan Mitchell is keeping his commitment to USA Basketball this summer, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 23, 2019
In addition, Boston’s Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, as well as Julius Randle of the New York Knicks, have been added to the training camp roster. Team USA’s player pool now sits at 17 players.
Twelve will make the final cut, with the roster being announced on August 17.
Analyzing the current 17-man crop, it certainly isn’t the best the USA has to offer. That is to be expected though, as you’ll likely see some superstars recommit next summer for the Olympics in Tokyo.
For the time being, the World Cup should be a good opportunity for some of Team USA’s younger generation to test themselves, and no one will be surprised if even this C+ United States squad wins gold.
The FIBA World Cup runs from August 31-September 15.