Report: Thompson, Barnes invited to Team USA minicamp

Report: Thompson, Barnes invited to Team USA minicamp
May 23, 2013, 11:00 am
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Between the two of them, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes started all but one game for the Warriors last year. (AP)

Thanks to the Warriors' run to the Western Conference semifinals, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes are coming off a heavy workload in their second and first NBA seasons, respectively. There are more hoops ahead, as the two young Golden State standouts were offered invitations to Team USA minicamp, according to an ESPN report.

Teammates David Lee and Stephen Curry are also options for USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. Curry and Thompson participated in the 2012 Team USA minicamp, and Curry -- a member of Team USA for the 2010 world championships -- was disappointed not to have made the team.

Reached by telephone, USA Basketball opted not to comment on which individual players the organization was courting for the July 22-25 minicamp in Las Vegas, but they did acknowledge that they have begun to reach out to players to gauge interest.

USA Basketball will wait until the entire minicamp roster is set -- expected to be around 24 players -- before making the official announcement -- expected to come in the next few weeks.

"Hopefully both of those guys will be invited to do that, which is a great tool to go up against the rest of the league and play around great players," Warriors GM Bob Myers said.

Despite reports that he would not, Mike Krzyzewski will coach Team USA for the next four years and the 2016 Olympics in Rio, it was announced Thursday morning. Coach K has led Team USA to a 62-1 record and two gold medals over the last seven years.

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Thompson, 23, started all 82 games for the Warriors in his second NBA season, averaging 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.6 three-pointers and 35.8 minutes per game.

Barnes, 20, started all but one game in his impressive rookie campaign, averaging 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 25.4 minutes per game. After David Lee tore his hip flexor, Barnes elevated his game in the playoffs, averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in 38.4 minutes per game.

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He was named first-team All-Rookie on May 14. Barnes, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was the lowest selection in his draft class to make the first team.

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