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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson won’t play in the 2018 Asian Games and is disappointed.
The NBA did not give Clarkson the green light to join the national team. The basketball tournament at the Asian Games is not sanctioned by FIBA, thus paving the way for a prior agreement between the NBA and international governing body of the sport to deny the league’s players chances of participating in non-FIBA tournaments.
“To my Filipino Brothers and Sisters, I am terribly disappointed to say that I have not received the required consent to participate in the upcoming Asian Games with our National Team,” Clarkson said on Facebook. “Although I will not be there in person, I will be with my Gilas teammates in heart and spirit. Despite this, my desire and ambition to play with my countrymen in the future remains resolute and I am adamant that this dream will come true.”
Clarkson, a Filipino-American, will be cleared to play for the country in the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament, in which the Philippines have two games scheduled in September before the NBA season begins in October.
The Cavs acquired Clarkson at the February trade deadline from the Los Angeles Lakers. In 28 regular-season games with Cleveland, Clarkson averaged 12.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists, shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three.
Clarkson struggled in the playoffs, though. The 26-year-old only posted 4.7 points in 19 games and shot just 30.1 percent overall and 23.9 percent from beyond the arc.