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Two All-Star players who will have plenty on their plates this summer will also be part of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, an unrestricted free agent June 30, has committed to play for the United States and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans, who wants to be traded and will be a free agent in the summer of 2020, has given “strong indications” he wants to participate in the event, which will be held in China.
USA Basketball has begun assembling its roster for this summer's @FIBAWC in China and has a commitment from Charlotte's Kemba Walker as well as strong indications from New Orleans' Anthony Davis that he would like to play, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 2, 2019
Team USA organizers would also like to have James Harden of the Houston Rockets on the roster and Zion Williamson, the projected No. 1 overall pick out of Duke by our Sam Amico in the eighth installment of his NBA mock draft, will be contacted, as well.
San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich will coach Team USA in the tournament, which will be staged Aug. 31-Sept. 15. This World Cup is the primary qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The United States is set to begin its pre-World Cup camp in Las Vegas Aug. 5, with an intrasquad exhibition game at T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 9. Team USA will then head to Southern California for more training followed by an exhibition against Spain on Aug. 16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.