Report: Lillard latest to withdraw from FIBA World Cup
NBA.com Global on Jul 24, 2019 07:06 AM
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Five of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2019 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
All-Star point guard Damian Lillard has withdrawn from Team USA and FIBA World Cup play, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Lillard, who averaged 25.8 points and 6.9 assists last season, joins a growing number of players who, either for personal reasons or to focus on the rapidly approaching NBA season, have decided not to participate this summer with USA Basketball.
With Lillard's withdrawal, the Celtics' Jaylen Brown and the Knicks' Julius Randle have been added to the training camp roster for World Cup, Shams Charania reports.
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
During the previous week or so, 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 superstars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.