With the NBA season winding down, USA Basketball is heating up for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and big-name players will be vying for spots on the roster.
Players expected to be in attendance for training camp in August include Bradley Beal, Eric Gordon, Kyle Kuzma, Damian Lillard, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, CJ McCollum and Jayson Tatum, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who cited unidentified league sources.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported that Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell and James Harden are planning to play for Team USA.
Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard are other possibilities after the NBA Finals.
It’s worth noting that Lillard was a finalist for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics squads but failed to make either team.
LeBron James has already said he will not play this summer.
USA Basketball is scheduled to open training camp Aug. 5 in Las Vegas with 18 players. That number will eventually be reduced to 12 when coach Gregg Popovich’s roster is finalized.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup will run Aug. 31 through Sept. 15 in China.