Nets Daily: Nets confirm @Deng Adel, #an Australian citizen, will join the Australian Boomers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. That makes him first Nets player (camp invite) who we know will be playing in WC. Nets stash @Nemanja Dangubic will play for Serbia.
On his goal with Argentina in the 2019 Basketball World Cup: “The expectations are high. Each of us had a great season. We will transfer that to the national team. I do not dare to say what we are capable of, but I want to see a team that prepares itself in the best way and competes with all rivals. And obviously, we can meet the goal of qualifying for Tokyo.”
NBA superstar Ben Simmons has withdrawn from Australia's exhibition matches against the USA and Canada in a blow to the Boomers and local fans. Simmons had already withdrawn from the World Cup squad but planned to play in the four warm-up games next month.
"I feel great, excited and very much looking forward to the start of the tournament and to be in China with my teammates. We have been working so hard to qualify for China 2019 and we want to make the most of this opportunity to compete on the world stage," said Satoransky, who has spearheaded the recent Czech success. "We don't compete in international competitions every year, and we want to show the world that Czech Republic has a very competitive team and that our basketball is improving a lot."
Satoransky said the rest of the world is still comparing themselves to the Americans. "They are the favorites, and they are the reference for the world of basketball, and their competitiveness is inspiring to everyone," he said. "They are going to try to keep their crown, and everyone is looking forward to playing against them."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has accepted an invitation to Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup tournament in China, league sources tell ESPN.
Anthony Chiang: Can confirm Heat center Bam Adebayo has accepted an invitation to Team USA training camp, per source.
Shams Charania: Pelicans guard JJ Redick had tremendous desire to participate in Team USA training camp for World Cup -- but will not be able to attend, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Redick and his family are transitioning to New Orleans before NBA camp.
Brazil head coach Aco Petrovic has invited 15 players for the national team’s training camp ahead of the 2019 World Cup. The list includes a couple of players that compete in Europe such as veteran guard Marcelinho Huertas, guard Rafa Luz, center Augusto Lima and guard Vitor Benite. Former NBA veterans Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao are also in the roster.
Ben Golliver: USA Basketball's updated World Cup training camp roster: Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart; Donovan Mitchell, Jaylen Brown; Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes, Jayson Tatum; Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, PJ Tucker, Thaddeus Young; Andre Drummond, Myles Turner, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee
Adrian Wojnarowski: JJ Redick has an invitation to join USA Basketball's depleted roster for the FIBA World Cup. "I'm thrilled beyond belief to be considered but also trying to work through our family's transition to New Orleans," he tells ESPN. He expects to have an answer for USA officials soon.
Shams Charania: 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.
Also, Team USA could graduate players from its “select” team (think the USA junior varsity), where rising stars like Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, Joe Harris, Mitchell Robinson, and Jarrett Allen reside. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from the select team. “We are blessed with a lot of talent, a lot of talent in the NBA,” Jerry Colangelo, managing director for Team USA, told The Athletic. “There is no panic. It may be more challenging, but we will be able to field a very competitive team. We’ve had players call us who want to be on our list.”
Shams Charania: Trail Blazers All-NBA star Damian Lillard has withdrawn from Team USA’s training camp and FIBA World Cup play this summer, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Chris Haynes: Portland star Damian Lillard will withdraw from USA Basketball training camp and FIBA World Cup play this summer, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Shams Charania: Sources: San Antonio Spurs‘ DeMar DeRozan was added onto the original USA Basketball roster for World Cup one month ago, but the four-time All-Star has withdrawn from Team USA play this summer to focus on upcoming NBA season.
Chris Haynes: Utah Jazz emerging star Donovan Mitchell is keeping his commitment to USA Basketball this summer, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Shams Charania: 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 @The Athletic @Stadium. Team USA assembling young, talented squad comparable to 2010 gold medal team.
In the span of the last eight days or so, All-Stars Anthony Davis, James Harden, and Bradley Beal, as well as C.J. McCollum, Eric Gordon and Tobias Harris have all withdrawn from Team USA participation, starting with training camp in Las Vegas at the beginning of August. Sources told The Athletic that Damian Lillard and Kevin Love were on the fence and expected to make their intentions known in the next few days.
Marcus Smart: I love playin don’t matter where. But playing for @usabasketball is somethin I’ve been a part of for a while. I take it serious & am 🙏🏾 to even be thought of. ☘️ is everything to me. But to wear 🇺🇸 means the world to me. To do it w my teammates @KembaWalker & @jaytatum0 is 🔥 🔥
In a brief interview, Celtics president Danny Ainge said he was aware of Smart and Brown’s interest in playing in the World Cup, but was unsure of whether or not they would be invited to training camp. “It’s not a problem for me, I think it’s a good thing,” Ainge said, when asked about the sheer number of key players from his team potentially playing in China. “Who wouldn’t want to play for one of the great coaches of all time, against good competition? I can only think of positives. Sure there can be injuries, but our guys have been playing and working out all summer. So yeah, I see nothing but positives, especially at their ages.”
Shams Charania: Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young has been invited to participate on Team USA's training camp roster for World Cup, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has withdrawn from USA Basketball's Select Team for FIBA World Cup training, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo told @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris has withdrawn from USA Basketball’s training camp and FIBA World Cup play to continue focus on preparing for upcoming NBA season, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Marc Stein: Amid a flurry of roster withdrawals, at least two NBA All-Stars -- Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton -- intend to stick with Team USA this summer for the @FIBAWC in China from Aug. 31-Sept. 15, league sources say
Chris Haynes: Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal is withdrawing from USA Basketball training camp and FIBA World Cup due to birth of his child in late August/early September, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Chris Haynes: Portland star guard CJ McCollum has withdrawn from USA Basketball training camp and FIBA World Cup to concentrate on upcoming season, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Shams Charania: Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon has withdrawn from Team USA training camp and FIBA World Cup this summer, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
After winning the NBA championship title with the Toronto Raptors, Marc Gasol wants to add another prize in his trophy case this summer: A medal with the Spanish national team in the upcoming World Cup (China, 31/8 – 15/9). “I’m going to try to keep this successful streak going by coming back home from China with something, a medal for example, that would be amazing,” Gasol said to FIBA. “I just won an NBA title, and I really want more and more. I’ve won a lot with the national team since I first played at senior level, but I want to keep winning and be with the guys to keep making history for Spanish basketball.”
Tim MacMahon: Mavs guard J.J. Barea has opted to take a cautious approach in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles instead of pushing to play for Puerto Rico in the World Cup. Barea is encouraged with his progress but has accepted that rushing to play in less than 8 months isn’t worth risk.
Tim MacMahon: Barea told ESPN that this was an extremely difficult decision due to how much pride he takes in representing Puerto Rico. He’s still trying to help his national team in the World Cup by recruiting pro players with Puerto Rican roots.
This year could end up being the best of all for the Toronto Raptors center, who recently captured his first NBA crown. A strong showing at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China would certainly make the year even better. "I'm going to try to keep this successful streak going by coming back home from China with something, a medal for example, that would be amazing," Marc Gasol said with a smile to FIBA.basketball. "I just won an NBA title, and I really want more and more. I've won a lot with the national team since I first played at senior level, but I want to keep winning and be with the guys to keep making history for Spanish basketball."
"I'm always very motivated to play with the national team, and my love for the game is huge," he said. "I'm driven by the goal of winning and having the most complete career I can have, and I still feel that passion and motivation to keep working hard and playing to win medals and titles. I'm very motivated for this summer and I can’t wait to compete with the guys in China. It's going to be a very competitive tournament, probably one of the best ever, and we are all very excited to wear the national team jersey and try to make another great run at a FIBA World Cup."
Shams Charania: Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will not play for the Canadian national team in this summer's FIBA World Cup, agent Rich Paul tells @The Athletic @Stadium. Thompson was named on Canada's training camp roster this week.
Darren Wolfson: Sure sounds like it was A. Wiggins telling Canada no for national team duties this summer. Interesting debate on whether playing would've made sense. J. Okogie is interested in playing for Nigeria. But he needs to get FIBA approval because he played 17U for the U.S. #Twolves
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins wasn’t included among the list which features NBA rookies R.J. Barrett and Nickeil Alexander-Walker along with NCAA players such as Andrew Nembard, EuroLeaguers like Kevin Pangos and the expected NBA suspects in Jamal Murray, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.
Marc Berman: RJ Barrett officially was on Team Canada invite list for World Cup training camp. He hasn't yet ruled it out. As we reported, Canada's Ignas Brazdeikas, Knicks second-round pick, is eyeing playing for his native Lithuania. Was not on Canadian invite list.
Olgun Uluc: Ben Simmons has officially ruled himself out of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, per a league source, but will be participating in the exhibition games in both Perth and Melbourne. An official statement is expected to be made later today.
Jordan Clarkson has been included to Gilas Pilipinas’ pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, according to the list the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas released Monday evening. Clarkson got in the pool despite his eligibility status. But head coach Yeng Guiao has explained already that should he not be classified as a local, he could be an option as a naturalized player.
Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is "doubtful" to play for Australia in the FIBA World Cup this summer, his agent Rich Paul tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Michael Spencer: Tim Connelly just said on ESPN that Nikola Jokic will play for Serbia this summer. #Nuggets @CBSDenver
Spain have announced a star-laden squad for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, one that has plenty of NBA players and also several standouts from their European Qualifiers campaign. Recently crowned NBA champion Marc Gasol of the Toronto Raptors, along with Ricky Rubio (Phoenix Suns) and the Hernangomez brothers, Willy (Charlotte Hornets) and Juancho (Denver Nuggets), are on the 16-man list. A couple of other former NBA players, Rudy Fernandez and Victor Claver, are included as well.
Lithuania coach Dainius Adomaitis has narrowed down the list of players he will choose from to form the country's squad for this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup to 19 players. Among the candidates for the final roster are Arturas Gudaitis and Jonas Maciulis, who have been uncertainties due to injuries.
The rest of the squad for the first-ever 32 team World Cup includes Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas and Indiana Pacers forward Domas Sabonis. Both players appeared in two of the country's games in the European Qualifiers.
Mitchell will also attend Team USA's national team training camp Aug. 5-9 in Las Vegas. He hopes to earn a spot on the final 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup in China, but his goal is to come back to Utah a much-improved player. "A lot of it, I'm just keeping it to myself with just being a better playmaker and a better player overall, being more efficient, and those are the obvious things, and then being in better shape," Mitchell said. "Hopefully making the USA team will help with that."
Marc Stein: Lost in all of today's Pre Agency Madness: Newly minted MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis Antetokounmpo) announced earlier today at his new Nike shoe launch that he's playing for Greece in this summer's @FIBAWC in China.
Giannis Antetokounmpo confirmed his participation at the World Cup during the presentation of his first signature shoe design, Zoom Freak 1. “I haven’t talked with the coach yet, I don’t know which position I will play in. But I don’t care. I just want to play. Whether I play as a guard or as a center, I don’t care. I’m a basketball player. I want to help the team in every way”, said the Greek Freak.
Josh Newman: R.J. Barrett will not play at 2019 Worlds because of NBA responsibilities, but will be in for the 2020 Olympics, assuming whichever team drafts him gives him permission.
Jon Krawcynski: Rosas said today that he wasn’t aware of an invitation being extended to Wiggins. Going further: a source says Wiggins has definitely NOT committed to playing for Team Canada.
Magic swingman Evan Fournier is among the NBA players who have been named to the French national team for the 2019 World Cup, according to FIBA. Fournier will be joined by Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Hornets forward Nicolas Batum, Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Bulls guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
"Steven's support of the Tall Blacks and his interest in playing for the programmer at some point down the line is unwavering," Adams' agent representatives told Basketball NZ. "While he won't be participating this year with the national team, his plan is to evaluate the opportunity to play in the 2020 Olympics following the upcoming NBA season."
Eric Koreen: Nurse says taking over Canada job is “just about done.” He thinks it will make him a better coach, and he loves the talent.
Olynyk is expected to participate for Canada in the World Cup in China, which begins in late August. It’s part of his busy summer, with NBA training camps opening in late September. “If all goes well, you don’t get back to the USA until like Sept. 18 or something or 20,” Olynyk said. “Training camp starts like three or four days later. But [World Cup] training camp starts at the beginning of August.”
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams has been named to New Zealand's provisional squad for the basketball World Cup but is not expected to play because of long-standing feud with Basketball New Zealand. Adams' name was included among 25 players New Zealand submitted Thursday to the world governing body FIBA. The list will be trimmed to 12 players for the world tournament which begins in China on Aug. 31.
Adams, who is New Zealand's only NBA player, hasn't expressly ruled himself out of the tournament and New Zealand coach Paul Henare says Basketball New Zealand has been in regular contact with his management but not Adams himself. "Obviously we would love to have him but ultimately that decision comes down to Steve," Henare said.
At least two of the Warriors’ five All-Stars have some clarity on their offseason plans. Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are not expected to play with the U.S. Men’s national team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15. “Probably not this year,” Cousins said following practice on Wednesday. “I got a lot of catching up to do this summer. That will be my main focus is that. So probably not this summer.”
Thompson did not sound as definitive as he walked through an arena hallway following practice on Wednesday. Thompson mused, “I don’t even know what I’m getting for tonight, bro.” Thompson then added, “my focus is on winning this game tomorrow.” Still, it appears unlikely Thompson will play, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Thompson has appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals. He wants to focus on his pending free agency and a planned trip to China as part of his work with Anta from July 12 through 22.
Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has been included on a 'long list' of Tall Blacks candidates for the upcoming Basketball World Cup. But coach Paul Henare warns the invitation to attend a selection camp in August isn't confirmation that the Oklahoma City Thuder centre has made himself available yet. "Basketball New Zealand has been in regular communication with Steve and his agency and management at OKC," says Henare.
Barea has his annual basketball camp for kids on July 1, before the expected birth of their son, and his charity golf tournament is in Puerto Rico in early August. Also, it’s still possible Barea could be involved with the Puerto Rico national team in the basketball world cup. “I 100 percent want to do it,” Barea said. “It’s a possibility. A couple weeks before, I’ll decide. It’s going to be hard to do, but I don’t want to close the door on it. My doctors say I should be able to do whatever I want on the court by August.”
Schroder, who averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in four games in the European Qualifiers, is excited about Germany's chances long-term, especially since he was one of seven Germans in the NBA or the NBA G-League this past season, including the now-retired Dirk Nowitzki. "We have so much potential. We have never had so many NBA players. There was a lot of potential with Dirk Nowitzki and those great players. But right now with the young players we have, it's exciting for sure. I am looking forward to the future," Schroder said.
Serbia will play the first game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, against Angola, on August 31, at 9:30 CET (15:30 local). Full list of preparation games: Borac Cacak v Serbia (Cacak, August 4). Serbia v Finland (Zrenjanin, August 7). Serbia v Lithuania (Belgrade, August 10). Lithuania v Serbia (Kaunas, August 12). Acropolis Cup with Greece, Italy, Turkey (Athens, August 16-18). Serbia v Italy (Shenyang, August 23). Serbia v New Zealand (Shenyang, August 25) . Serbia v France (Shenyang, August 27)
The director of the Dominican Republic national team, Eduardo Najri, made it clear in March that the Puerto Plata-born Horford is in his thoughts, as are Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Los Angeles Clipper Angel Delgado. "The percentage (of each playing) is high," Najri said to Nuevo Dia. "I feel very confident ... We maintain communication with all our players around the world so they are well informed. I understand that we are going to take our best team."
Harrison Wind: Can confirm the reports that Nikola Jokic plans to play for Serbia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which this year takes place in China. Serbia opens play Aug. 31 against Angola and the tournament runs through Sep. 15. Nuggets training camp opened Sep. 25 last season.
Ben Simmons is the headliner for the Australian Boomers’ 17-man training camp squad, exactly 100 days before the 2019 FIBA World Cup is set to begin. It’s a squad that features nine NBA players, with a final team of 12 to be chosen after the August training camp.
He’ll be joined by a host of fellow NBA players — Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes, Jonah Bolden, Andrew Bogut, Deng Adel, and Mitch Creek — as well as Australians who’ve excelled in Europe or the NBL.
What’s just as eye-catching, however, is the number of prominent players who weren’t on the list, for a series of different circumstances. Danté Exum’s patellar tendon injury will keep him out of the tournament, Ryan Broekhoff ruled himself out to be there for the birth of his first child, while the Detroit Pistons preferred that Thon Maker not take part.
Kane Pitman: Ben Simmons announces he’s playing for Australia in the upcoming events which would appear to include the World Cup. That’s one hell of a backup for Delly and Patty.
Speaking in Washington last week, Patty Mills gave voice to the enthusiasm that is permeating the playing group. “I am excited to get the green and gold on and get everyone back into camp,” Mills told The Pick and Roll. “We can refocus on what we are trying to do, which is create history so that part is exciting.”
In addition to Mills, the likes of Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Ryan Broekhoff and Andrew Bogut have all publicly committed to the World Cup campaign. Ben Simmons’ availability remains unlikely, while his NBA teammate, Jonah Bolden, remains undecided on whether he will participate in the World Cup.
Tim Reynolds: USA Basketball announces that Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce will assist Gregg Popovich at the FIBA World Cup this summer. Pierce replaces Indiana's Nate McMillan, who has scheduling conflicts. Other assistants: Steve Kerr and Jay Wright.
Though his mind is firmly fixed on his immediate NBA future, he did reveal that the lines of communication are open with Basketball New Zealand and the World Cup remains a possibility. "I am talking to them, not often, but you know, we talk or text. I talk to the head coach all the time, so we are in touch if that makes sense."
Adams went on to express his desire to again represent his country, with a traditional sporting rivalry a motivating factor. "Yeah, absolutely yeah, absolutely I would [love to play for New Zealand]. Obviously, I want the country to succeed. It's a great country. One of the biggest goals is to beat Australia to be honest with you mate, because we always lose!"
If you thought the trans-Tasman rivalry was off-limits during the NBA season, you would be sorely mistaken, as verbal barbs between the Australian contingent and Adams continue across the Pacific. "Oh yeah, they chime in bro, they chime in because we'll check out the NBL because we have the New Zealand Breakers so [Joe] Ingles will chirp up and say, 'hey you see the score mate?' and it's like, 'yeah, carry on with the game, w-----,'" Adams said with a laugh.
Michael Wallace: Among the next competitive steps for Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania), Yuta Watanabe (Japan) and @Bruno Caboclo (Brazil) are plans to rep their national teams in the late summer 2019 World Cup in China. All three are under contract with the Grizzlies for next season.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love has now said for the third time that he is considering playing for Team USA this summer. He will regroup this summer and think about it more before making a decision.
Marc Stein: USA Basketball intends to gauge the interest of Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson in joining the 12-man squad it sends to China for the @FIBAWC in the late summer, league sources say
Stefan Bondy: Frank Ntilikina says he wants to play for the French National team this summer in the FIBA World Cup. That would be the next time we see him on the court.
Nogueira is now training in Sao Paulo and has had some calls from the NBA, he said. His plan is to be good to go by June so he could participate in tryouts and pre-season games. Is he ready to go back to the NBA? "If you asked me the same question four months ago, I'd say I didn't know. Now I say I will be back. What makes me so confident is my training and my attitude. I'm ready for the challenge like I've never been," he explained. Nogueira will play for Brazil in the Fiba World Cup in August in China.
Rockets guard James Harden said he hopes to return to the USA Basketball senior national team to play in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China. Harden is among the 36 players, along with Rockets teammates Eric Gordon and Chris Paul, who are on the national team roster.
"Of course I want to play," Harden said. "It's an opportunity to represent your country, go out there and play basketball. It's something I love doing. If that opportunity presents itself, I'll be in. Not everyone gets that opportunity. As a basketball player, that's one of the highest points you can get for basketball.”
Salman Ali: James Harden on the possibility of playing in the FIBA World Cup this summer: "Of course I want to play in that. That's an opportunity to represent your country and go out there and play basketball - that's something I love doing... Not everybody gets that opportunity."
Here are the groups for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup: GROUP A: China, Venezuela, Poland, Cote d’Ivoire. GROUP B: Argentina, Russia, Korea, Nigeria. GROUP C: Spain, Puerto Rico, Iran, Tunisia. GROUP D: Serbia, Italy, Philippines, Angola.