Irving will join a litany of point guards—Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Portland’s Damian Lillard, and Golden State’s Steph Curry—as some of the hand-picked talents to potentially represent the country in the World Cup of Basketball in Spain in late August.
The Americans previously announced a 28-player pool in January, though it was planned that mainstays LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul would sit out this summer and perhaps come back at the 2016 Summer Games. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the roster could be trimmed to 15 after the camp in Las Vegas that begins July 28, with the final 12 selected soon thereafter.
Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were four holdovers from London Olympic Games. The rest of the roster includes Rose, Lillard, Curry, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward, DeMarcus Cousins, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried and Kyle Korver.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein considers Irving, who has missed 34 games due to injury over the last two seasons, to have a “strong claim” on the final roster.
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