HoopsHype Team USA rumors

December 20, 2013 Updates

Colangelo declined to speculate on specific names, but players such as Stephen Curry and Paul George, who did not participate in the men's national team's mini-camp in Las Vegas in the summer, are expected to be on the list, along with Kevin Durant and Kevin Love, who already have committed to playing in Spain. "It's the same process of monitoring the players we have interest in and who have been part of our player pool, and our plan is to wean the existing pool and make additions that we wish to," Colangelo said. "Going back to being consistent, we've talked about it being a fluid process where we add and delete (names) as we go along." USA Today Sports

October 3, 2013 Updates

Pacers center Roy Hibbert wants to be part of the USA Basketball team and he said this week that international lawyers and his agent are in the process of trying to make that happen. Hibbert previously played a short stint with Team Jamaica after he was passed over and that has thus far made him ineligible. “I wanted to play in the Olympics and then they invited some other guys from my draft class to be centers,” Hibbert explained. “I thought I could have been in that group. If I had gotten invited, I wouldn’t have played for Team Jamaica. You live and you learn. If I don’t play for Team USA ever again, I’ll enjoy my summers and bulk up like I did this summer.” Pacers.com

Hibbert is under the impression that Team USA has to make an inquiry to FIBA, the International Basketball Federation. He then has to be let go from Team Jamaica in order to join Team USA. Simply, it’s a lot of red tape, USA Basketball has to determine whether it’s worth the effort and Jamaica has to be understanding. “There has been some dialogue, but right now international lawyers are taking care of that to see if I can get out of my Team Jamaica thing,” Hibbert said. Pacers.com

August 14, 2013 Updates

George Hill doesn’t have any regrets when he looks back on how he handled his decision to skip the U.S. National Team’s minicamp last month. The Indiana Pacers guard accepted an invitation to attend but changed his mind at the last moment because of a conflict with his youth camp in San Antonio, where he played for the Spurs before being traded to his hometown Pacers two years ago. Indianapolis Star

August 13, 2013 Updates
August 6, 2013 Updates

It's a tough bet to make at this point. D'Alessandro has talked Cousins up at every opportunity, and the team's new owner, Vivek Ranadivé, made a point of watching Cousins at the Team USA training camp last month in Las Vegas — a rare gesture for an owner. (Sources who were at those workouts said Cousins was very bad, again.) But the track record so far does not suggest Cousins is a cornerstone player. Some team is going to give him something close to the max, whether it's Sacramento; the Lakers or some other team that will be flush with cap space next summer; or a team that trades for Cousins between now and then. Grantland

July 27, 2013 Updates

Chris Paul has changed his mind and is leaning toward playing in the 2016 Olympics. The Los Angeles Clippers point guard, who was on the 2008 and 2012 gold medal teams, said he was leaning heavily toward bypassing the 2016 Games -- until Duke's Mike Krzyzewski announced he was returning to coach the team. ESPN.com

July 26, 2013 Updates
July 25, 2013 Updates

George Hill skipped out on USA Basketball, and he's ready to face the consequences. The Indiana Pacers point guard attended his youth camps in Texas instead of joining Team USA's off-year training camp this week in Las Vegas. He was the only of 30 players invited to reject the distinction, and his rejection came last-minute. As a result, George expects his future opportunities with the national team to be limited. "I'm sure it'll affect it," he told Pacers.com. "I'm sure there's going to be people that don't agree with my decision but also there's going to be people that do agree. "If the opportunity is there again, and it's there for me to take, then I'll try to do the best I can to take it. I feel like in my heart I made the right decision to keep my word to these kids and that's what matters most to me." USA Today Sports

Hill didn't explain why he committed to the tryouts in the first place despite the clear scheduling conflict. His camps were Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while Team USA practiced Tuesday through Thursday. Hill also said he hasn't spoken to anyone from USA Basketball. "We expected him here, and he withdrew," USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Wednesday. "Until I really get the answer, I don't know what else to tell you. I just don't think it's fair to comment one way or the other until I have facts, out of courtesy and respect." USA Today Sports

July 24, 2013 Updates

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