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On Wednesday night, ESPN released USA Basketball’s 28-man talent pool from which they’ll select players for the next three summers.
Some of these players – like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul – won’t participate in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball, opting just to play in the 2016 Olympics, assuming the team qualifies.
There are some surprises from the 28-man pool, including Kyle Korver, Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward and Deron Williams. There are also some obvious snubs, most notably John Wall.
Derrick Rose is in the pool, which makes sense because he’s one of the NBA’s best players when he’s completely healthy. Since this is the talent pool for the next three summers, Rose should be able to participate once he returns from his recent meniscus injury.
An official announcement from USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski will be made today.
This has been a huge season for Gerald Green, the best of his NBA career. He was given a significant role on the Suns and he has taken full advantage of it.
And it makes sense that the 27-year-old wants to find one team he can stick with and one city he can call home. Green’s journey to Phoenix included stints in Boston, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, Russia, China, New Jersey and Indiana as well as several D-League assignments. Green hasn’t had a typical playing career since being drafted with the No. 18 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He’s sick and tired of moving around and would like some stability.
After this season, Green has one more year on his contract at $3,500,000 and then he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
When the Suns landed Green in the Luis Scola trade, it was mainly to acquire the first-round pick and Miles Plumlee from Indiana. Green was a veteran on a team that was clearly rebuilding and it didn’t seem like he’d have much a future in Phoenix. However, with the team’s surprising success and Green’s breakout season, it’s certainly possible that both sides decide to continue this marriage.
This is great news for Clippers fans, because it sounds like Chris Paul will be returning sooner rather than later. It’s also nice to see an NBA superstar taking the All-Star Game seriously – determined to give the fans what they want to see.
Later in the interview, Paul said that he will be attending the event even if he isn’t able to play.
Paul doesn’t need to rush back from injury because L.A. has played very well with him sidelined. As Markazi noted, the Clippers are 7-2 without Paul with their only two losses coming against the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers on the second night of road back-to-backs.
Paul can take his time, but it’s understandable that he wants to get back on the court as quickly as possible, to help his team and participate in the All-Star festivities.
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