More NBA stars join list of players set for trip Down Under
TEAM USA have added some of the biggest names in the NBA to their training squad for the Basketball World Cup in China.
That likely means many of those same players will take the court when the Boomers play the US in warm-up games in Australia before the World Cup begins at the end of August.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski dropped the news on Thursday that players such as James Harden and Anthony Davis had been added to coach Gregg Popovich's training squad of 18. It will be cut to 12 by the time the World Cup starts.
James Harden, Kemba Walker, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis were among the biggest names to be added to the squad.
Perhaps the biggest news, however, is that Zion Williamson, straight out of college and expected to be the top NBA Draft pick later this month, could force his way on to the team.
Williamson has been picked as part of a select squad of young players who will scrimmage against Team USA and be offered the opportunity to make the leap straight to the national team like Anthony Davis did at the 2012 Olympics.
Other players available for the American squad include Boston star Jayson Tatum, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. ESPN is reporting Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Khris Middleton will join the team during their upcoming training camp.
The US will play Spain in an exhibition game in Anaheim on August 16 before flying to Australia to take on the Ben Simmons-led Boomers at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium on August 22 and 24 and Canada at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on August 26.
The US will open their World Cup campaign in China on September 1 against the Czech Republic.
The Boomers will hold their 18-man camp in early August, before finalising their final 12.
Australia will be stacked with NBA players with Simmons, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles, Jonah Bolden and Matthew Dellavedova available.
Mitch Creek and Deng Adel, who had brief NBA stints this season while playing in the NBA G League, are also keen to join the team.
The Boomers have never won an Olympic or World Cup medal.