With the impending FIBA World Cup in Spain on the horizon, Team USA Basketball seems ready to make its final cuts. Ready as in a few days away ready.
According to ESPN, those final cuts could come immediately after USA’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden Wednesday.
Final cuts to the Team USA roster before this weekend’s departure for Spain could come as soon as Thursday, according to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Colangelo told ESPN.com that one scenario under consideration by USA Basketball officials is reducing the current 16-man roster to 12 or 13 players after Wednesday night’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden.
“We’ve said we wanted to wait through the end of the week in New York before we made cutbacks,” Colangelo said Monday, “but that could still change.”
USA will probably be making three-to-four cuts soon.
From all indications, the cuts could be simple. The proof could be in the stat sheets. Against Brazil, a scrimmage mind you, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Damian Lillard all saw very limited playing time. It could’ve gone worse, though. Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan and Gordon Hayward never even managed to see the court.
Expect all the cuts to come from that group of players. USA’s official 12-man FIBA roster must be submitted on Aug. 29.