USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the official roster for the men’s national team mini-camp that will take place from August 11th-13th in Las Vegas, and that announcement included both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.
DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay were on the Team USA roster that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, so their participation in Vegas this week shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.
From USA Basketball’s official press release -
Added to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and participating in the Aug. 11-13 USA National Team training camp are eight NBA standouts, including Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Jimmy Butler(Chicago Bulls); Michael Carter-Williams (Milwaukee Bucks); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies);Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); and Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic).
USA National Team members confirmed for the 2015 Las Vegas minicamp include: LaMarcus Aldridge(San Antonio Spurs); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards);DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings);Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Houston Rockets);Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers);LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Mason Plumlee(Portland Trail Blazers); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).
"With this being a summer where we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for, this year’s minicamp is an opportunity to continue and expand the brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built," said Colangelo, who has served as managing director of the USA National Team since 2005. "It will be a celebration of all that we've accomplished with USA Basketball since the National Team program was formed in 2006 while also looking ahead to 2016. The minicamp is going to be low key with light workouts, no contact, and the USA Basketball Showcase on Aug. 13 will be a fun all-star type game.
In all likelihood, 12 players from this group make it on to the 2016 Olympic roster, and any opportunity for DeMarcus Cousins to show what he can do to Colangelo and company is one worth taking. A lot of things would have to fall in Rudy Gay’s favor if he were to make it on to that Olympic roster in 2016, but Cousins is legitimately in the mix for a spot.