Team USA could feature four players from the Celtics, when the final 12-man roster is selected to head over to the FIBA World Cup in China next month.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Tuesday morning that Jaylen Brown and Knicks' big man Julius Randle have been added to Team USA's training camp roster.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown and New York’s Julius Randle have been added onto USA Basketball’s training camp roster for World Cup, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Team USA assembling young, talented squad comparable to 2010 gold medal team.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 23, 2019
Brown will be the fourth Celtic invited (the most of any NBA team), as it was announced Monday that Marcus Smart also got the nod, along with new teammate Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum will all get a shot to display their skills on an international stage.
USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo hinted Brown was on the program's radar earlier in the week after NBA All-Stars James Harden, Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal recently decided to drop out.
"You've just got to go about your business and, if the phone rings, be ready to go," Colangelo recently said of Brown. "But we have a lot of respect for him as a player."Tobias Harris is the latest to withdrawal from Team USA duties, as training camp will begin in the next few week before the start of the FIBA World Cup on August 31.
Here's a look at the updated invitees as of Tuesday:
Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks
Picture used courtesy of The Athletic
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