DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs along with Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard are the latest star players to reportedly withdraw from Team USA’s training camp ahead of the FIBA World Cup.
DeRozan is coming off his first season with the Spurs after being acquired from the Toronto Raptors in the Kawhi Leonard trade last summer. He averaged 21.2 points and six rebounds last year.
Lillard, a four-time all-star, led the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals last season before eventually losing to the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 assists and shot 36 per cent from beyond the arc last season.
The two players join a long list of stars who have withdrawn from Team USA’s camp. Bradley Beal, James Harden, Anthony Davis, C.J. McCollum, Zion Williamson, Tobias Harris and Eric Gordon are just some of the names who won’t be representing the U.S. at the tournament.
The FIBA World Cup runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China.