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Being among the players from which the 2016 U.S. Olympic team will be formed does not mean LeBron James will definitely play in games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. James was among the 28 players named Thursday morning to the pool from which will be formed the team to represent the United States during international competition the next three summers. "I don't know where I stand for 2016," James said before Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "Obviously, if I'm healthy in 2016 that summer, if I can get to leading our country by playing, then that would be great to be a part of that. But I can't commit to it right now." FOXSports.com

Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that Blake Griffin, James Harden and Dwight Howard have all expressed a desire to USA Basketball, health-willing, to make the trip to Spain. Given the stature of those three players – and the fact that injuries prevented Blake and Dwight from going to London – expect all three to be there alongside Durant, Love and Aldridge. ESPN.com

Despite being selected for Team USA's 28-player pool over the next three summers, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will not play in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. "I think it'd be tough, given what's going on the last two years for me, to play this summer," Williams said. "I would love to, but you just gotta see how it goes, you know?" ESPN.com

Rose was one of 28 players named for the 2014-16 USA national team pool on Thursday, and if his surgically-repaired right knee can respond in time, he could play in this summer’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. “Well, I’m hopeful that he will,’’ Thibodeau said of Rose on Wednesday night. “But a lot depends on where his health is. But I thought it was a great experience for him in the past. I know how much he enjoyed it. I know how USA Basketball feels about him. I think it’s a great honor and a privilege, and hopefully it’ll work out.” Chicago Sun-Times

The next step in the pool process for Rose would be showing he’s healthy enough to qualify for the team, and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo addressed that in a teleconference, singling out both injured guards Rose and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. “Certainly Derrick Rose, we’re not sure about,’’ Colangelo said. “We have a fluid roster. We continue to watch players and prepare ourselves.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Derrick Rose traveled but did not sit on the bench. Thibodeau mentioned in his postgame comments that Rose has started shooting. Rose also found out he landed a spot in the pool of 25 to 30 players for Team USA 2014-16 that will be announced Thursday. “I love that kid,” former teammate Luol Deng said. “He works so hard. … He has a chance to make something amazing out of (his story) and I think he will.” Chicago Tribune

January 22, 2014 Updates

Wizards point guard John Wall will not be among the 28 NBA players who will compete for the FIBA World Cup in Spain, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Wall, who is having the best season of his career, was among the players chosen to participate in Team USA mini-camp last July and spent a week training with several rising talents such as Paul George, Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins. Washington Post

After six years away, Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard will return to USA Basketball with an intent to play in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Howard's return to the Team USA pool of players for the World Cup in Spain this summer could clear the way for the seven-time All-Star center to be part of the national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Yahoo! Sports

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