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Marvin Bagley III withdraws from Team USA consideration

AP Sport

Monday 12 August 2019 08:19, UK

Marvin Bagley in action at Team USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas
Image: Marvin Bagley III had played his way into contention for a spot on Team USA's FIBA World Cup roster

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III has told USA Basketball he is withdrawing from consideration for the roster that will be sent to China this month for the FIBA World Cup.

Bagley's decision was revealed Sunday, two days before he was to report to El Segundo, California, for the second week of training camp. Bagley was not immediately replaced, and unless that changes the U.S. will have 16 players still in the mix for 12 final roster spots.

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The New York Times first reported Bagley's decision to withdraw.

Bagley was on the select team of younger NBA players brought in to compete against national-team candidates last week in Las Vegas, and earned a promotion to the national team Friday night following USA Basketball's intra-squad scrimmage.

DeAaron Fox gets shots up at Team USA practice
Image: DeAaron Fox gets shots up at Team USA practice

The Kings still have two players left as World Cup roster candidates, with Harrison Barnes and De'Aaron Fox headed to camp this week. The Boston Celtics have four - Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.

Milwaukee's Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton remain candidates, along with Brooklyn's Joe Harris, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Toronto's Kyle Lowry, Utah's Donovan Mitchell, Denver's Mason Pluelee, Houston's P.J. Tucker, Indiana's Myles Turner and San Antonio's Derrick White.

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Lowry (thumb surgery) and Smart (calf strain) are both dealing with injuries, with clarity on their situations expected to come early this week. The Americans will practice at the Lakers' facility Tuesday through Thursday, then face Spain in Anaheim, California on Friday night.

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