Team USA cuts three, trims roster to 16

Team USA cuts three, trims roster to 16
August 4, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Wizards teammates John Wall and Bradley Beal will not be part of the 12-man roster heading to Spain for the World Cup. (AP)

UPDATE (9 a.m. Tuesday) --USA Basketball formally announced it trimmed its roster to 16 players on Tuesday morning, cutting John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap.

“We’re excited about where the team is headed. Really all 16 guys have a chance to make to the team, which usually does not happen in a training camp, and it shows that all of the guys thus far have done an excellent job. Then it’s just a matter of finding what chemistry that we can develop with the entire group and I don’t think we’ll know that until we play some exhibition games. The 16 guys give us a chance to look at a way of playing in a number of different ways and we just have to figure out what those ways are and then the 12 who will fit best,” said Krzyzewski.

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. men's national team cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap on Monday, a person with knowledge of the details said, leaving the roster at 16 players.

With Paul George lost to a broken right leg, the Americans will have to drop four more players before the World Cup of Basketball starts later this month in Spain.

The Americans made the cuts that had been planned for Saturday but delayed after George's injury, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the roster moves were to be announced Tuesday. They were first reported by Yahoo Sports.

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Remaining in the roster pool are: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Chicago's Derrick Rose, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Houston's James Harden, Atlanta's Kyle Korver, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, Dallas' Chandler Parsons, Utah's Gordon Hayward, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Portland's Damian Lillard, Denver's Kenneth Faried, Detroit's Andre Drummond and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee.

They will report to Chicago for practices that begin Aug. 14.

Wall and Beal, teammates in Washington, were part of a crowded backcourt that's particularly deep at point guard, Wall's position. Millsap, Atlanta's All-Star forward, was the last player added to the roster of players who were invited to Las Vegas for training camp.

George was injured during an intrasquad exhibition game Friday and the Indiana Pacers' All-Star forward could miss the 2014-15 season. Coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn't think the injury will cause players to rethink playing for the national team.

"I really believe that the players will still want to play and will want to serve their country and get better and be part of an experience that only a few get a chance to be a part of," he said Monday on Sirius XM NBA Radio.

NAME                     POS          HGT       WGT          DOB         TEAM / COLLEGE 

DeMarcus Cousins           C             6-11       270           8/13/90        Sacramento Kings / Kentucky

Stephen Curry                   G             6-3          185           3/14/88        Golden State Warriors / Davidson

Anthony Davis                 F/C           6-10       220           3/11/93        New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky

DeMar DeRozan               G             6-7          216           8/07/89        Toronto Raptors / USC

Andre Drummond           C             6-10       270           9/10/93        Detroit Pistons / Connecticut

Kevin Durant                      G             6-9          230           9/29/88        Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas

Kenneth Faried                 F              6-8          228         11/19/89        Denver Nuggets / Morehead State

James Harden                   G             6-5          220           8/26/89        Houston Rockets / Arizona State

Gordon Hayward             F              6-8          210           3/23/90        Utah Jazz / Butler

Kyrie Irving                         G             6-3          191           3/23/92        Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke

Kyle Korver                       G/F          6-7          212           3/17/81        Atlanta Hawks / Creighton

Damian Lillard                    G             6-3          195           7/15/90        Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State

Chandler Parsons             F              6-9          227         10/25/88        Dallas Mavericks / Florida

Mason Plumlee                F              6-11       235           3/05/90        Brooklyn Nets / Duke

Derrick Rose                       G             6-3          190         10/04/88        Chicago Bulls / Memphis

Klay Thompson                 G             6-7          205           2/08/90        Golden State Warriors / Washington State