Marvin Bagley withdraws from consideration for US World Cup team

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2019

Only a few days after being promoted to Team USA roster for the Basketball World Cup, Marvin Bagley III made a decision to skip the tournament. Bagley was not immediately replaced, and unless that changes the US will have 16 players still in the mix for 12 final roster spots.

Team White forward Marvin Bagley III (38) goes up to shoot under pressure from Team Blue center Myles Turner (56) during the first quarter of the United States men's basketball team's scrimmage in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Bagley has withdrawn from Team USA activities "to focus on the upcoming season", according to a report from the New York Times.

After a week of training camp in Las Vegas, Team USA will reconvene this week in Los Angeles as head coach Gregg Popovich must have a roster of 12 players by August 17.

Before his withdrawal, Bagley was one of three Kings players who are trying to make the team, guard De'Aaron Fox and wing Harrison Barnes.

Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown, De'Aaron Fox, Joe Harris, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, P.J. Tucker, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker and Derrick White are the 16 remaining National Basketball Association players, out of which 12 will make the final cut. Two players, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Celtics guard Marcus Smart (calf strain), are dealing with injuries and might not be available for the World Cup.

A member of the Select Team, Bagley was a surprise addition to the senior squad that will reassemble at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Tuesday evening.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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