Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III is the latest NBA player to withdraw from the US basketball squad that will visit Australia this month and then contest the World Cup.
Bagley told USA Basketball that he is not available for selection for the roster that will play the Boomers twice in Melbourne, on August 22 and 24 at Marvel Stadium, face Canada in Sydney on August 26 and then proceed to China for the World Cup, which commences on August 31.
Marvin Bagley III is the latest to pull out of the Team USA squad.Credit:AP
Bagley's decision was revealed on Sunday, two days before he was to report to El Segundo, California, for the second week of training camp.
Bagley was not replaced and unless that changes the US will have 16 players still in the mix for 12 final roster spots.
Bagley was on the select team – younger NBA players brought in to compete against national-team candidates – last week in Las Vegas, and earned a promotion to the national team Friday night after USA Basketball's intra-squad scrimmage.
Sacramento have two players left as World Cup roster candidates, with Harrison Barnes and De'Aaron Fox headed to camp this week.
Boston have four in Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.
Milwaukee's Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton remain candidates, along with Brooklyn's Joe Harris, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Toronto's Kyle Lowry, Utah's Donovan Mitchell, Denver's Mason Pluelee, Houston's P.J. Tucker, Indiana's Myles Turner and San Antonio's Derrick White.
Lowry (thumb surgery) and Smart (calf strain) are both dealing with injuries, with clarity on their situations expected to come early this week.
The Americans will train at the Lakers' facility from Tuesday through Thursday, then face Spain in Anaheim, California on Friday night.
The US training squad: Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown, De'Aaron Fox, Joe Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, P.J. Tucker, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker, Derrick White.
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