When Kevin Love withdrew from Team USA, it brought more questions than answers.
And Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix answered the bulk of them in his “Why Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cavalier” video on SI Now yesterday. He basically confirmed what we all were thinking. Love was ordered to sit out the World Cup by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
I know Minnesota did tell Kevin, “You know what? It’s probably best you not play for this team.” And Kevin wholeheartedly agreed with that sentiment.
Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press echoed the same thought.
Kevin Love is pulling out of Team USA because of uncertainty surrounding his status with Wolves.
League sources told AP of Love’s decision to pull out of World Cup this morning. Just can’t risk injury right now.
Here is the original report from USA Basketball:
USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo today announced that Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) has informed USA Basketball that because of his current status he will be unavailable to participate with the USA National Team this summer. The U.S. team is scheduled to begin its 2014 preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a training camp July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. USA Basketball will utilize the Las Vegas training camp to identify players for this summer’s USA World Cup Team.
“The fact is we can only look to the players we have available. Our job is to get the job done with our very, very deep roster, and we’re anxious to get things started,” said Colangelo.
Love has been heavily linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason in rumored trade talks.