Cavaliers’ Love decides against joining U.S. basketball team

Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has decided against playing for the U.S. men's basketball team, after all.

Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has joined the long list of players who have backed out of a commitment to play for the U.S. men’s basketball team in next month’s FIBA World Cup in China.

Love told The Athletic he informed U.S. coach Gregg Popovich of his decision with a phone call Wednesday.

Love becomes the ninth player of the 20-man training camp roster to withdraw, joining James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Tobias Harris, Eric Gordon, DeMar DeRozan and Bradley Beal.

Love, 30, missed 60 games last season with a foot injury. He averaged 17.9 points and 10.9 rebounds in 22 games. He is entering the first year of a four-year, $120 million contract extension, signed last summer.

The U.S. will hold a tryout camp Aug. 5-9 in Las Vegas, with the 32-team World Cup scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15. NBA teams begin training camp at the end of September — giving those participating in the World Cup little time to rest.

Popovich will need to cut the roster to 12 before the start of World Cup play. Right now, though, it stands at just 11.

1 Comment on "Cavaliers’ Love decides against joining U.S. basketball team"

  1. I’m surprised by this move. Maybe they (Kevin and agent)are worried his trade value will plummet if he didn’t show well on the US team.

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