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Rudy Gay Added To Team USA

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Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has been added to the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team and will be in contention for a World Cup roster spot when the squad reconvenes for training camp on Aug. 14 in Chicago, USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced today.

Gay will join Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousins as both will compete for an opportunity to represent the United States in FIBA World Cup action scheduled for Aug. 30 – Sept. 14 in Spain.

“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” said Gay. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”

“I received a call last night indicating that Rudy was available to join the National Team if Coack K and I felt he could help,” said Colangelo. “We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program. Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 USA World Championship Team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball National Team.”

via Team USA Press Release

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

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Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and does not expect to be in the lineup Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against the Boston Celtics, scoring 11 points to go along with 14 rebounds in 28 minutes as Philadelphia lost 102-92. Asked after Friday’s game if he was OK with not playing Saturday night, Embiid replied, “Um I’m not OK with it but we have a plan in place and we have to follow it.”

Source: ESPN

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