Report: Kelly Olynyk to withdraw from Canada World Cup team

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2019 07:49 AM
Report: Kelly Olynyk to withdraw from Canada World Cup team
FILE - MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 28: Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat goes up for layup against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 28, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Team Canada will reportedly be down another NBA player, ahead of their 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign.

Per a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, big man Kelly Olynyk will reportedly "be unable to compete for Canada in the FIBA World Cup" due to a knee injury that he suffered during an exhibition game against Nigeria last week.

The injury means Canada will likely have to lean more on Chris Boucher and Khem Birch, two other bigs with NBA experience, up front.

Last season with the Heat, Olynyk appeared in a career-best 79 games and averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, while shooting 35.4 percent from three.

Canada is part of Group H, along with Senegal, Lithuania, and Australia.

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