The USA Basketball men’s national team will look to defend its 2014 FIBA World Cup title. And according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Bradley Beal will be one of several players to get an invite to try out for the national team in this summer.
ESPN Sources: Among additional players expected to join USA Basketball’s training camp in August on way to a roster spot in September’s FIBA World Cup in China: Bradley Beal, Eric Gordon, Kyle Kuzma, Damian Lillard, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, CJ McCollum and Jayson Tatum.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2019
Beal will face plenty of competition to make the final 12-man roster for the World Cup. Though he is coming off his strongest season statistically, he may still find it difficult to make the roster against the likes of CJ McCollum, Eric Gordon, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker, all of whom are reported to attend.
USA Basketball may also be weary about Beal’s commitment to FIBA tournaments. He turned down an invite to play on the actual 2016 Olympic team which I found unfortunate. Yes, he had a contract extension looming, but it can be enough to convince a selection committee NOT to pick him in a 50/50 situation.
Either way, he’s fortunate that USA Basketball didn’t decide to just NOT invite him because of 2016. So though I sound like I’m admonishing Beal, I’m still happy that he still has a chance to play for the World Cup in a USA uniform.
If Beal makes the World Cup roster, he will be the first Wizards player to represent the United States since Antawn Jamison in 2006.
The FIBA World Cup is from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, 2019. The Americans are in Group E and will begin group play against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1. The Czechs have current Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky on the roster, but it’s unclear if he’ll still be in Monumental Red next month.