Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA's training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to multiple reports.
Sources: Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love is expected to withdraw from Team USA's training camp for World Cup. Toronto Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry remains committed on USA roster and is expected to be recovered from thumb surgery and return midway through camp in L.A.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 24, 2019
This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.
During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.
Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available. That group includes emerging youngsters such as Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers as well as seasoned NBA veterans such as Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, PJ Tucker of the Houston Rockets and Thaddeus Young of the Chicago Bulls.
Team USA still has strong blend of youthful players and veterans; this summer's training camp will provide platform for emerging young players such as Donovan Mitchell, De'Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma and Myles Turner, with gritty vets like Lowry, PJ Tucker and Thad Young. https://t.co/b8T16mdn8G— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 24, 2019