Las vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Love has withdrawn from Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in Spain this August due to his trade demand remaining unresolved.
He was scheduled to report to Las Vegas for training camp on Sunday with practices starting on Monday at UNLV.
USA Basketball said that Love could not participate “because of his current status,” a reference to the trade talks that have dragged on since June.
“He really wanted to play. He was truly remorseful about it. But the circumstances just don’t allow it,” said Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo about Love.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to deal No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Love, though NBA contract rules for rookies will keep it from being completed for another four weeks.
Love’s ability to hit outside shots as a big man is valuable in international competition as he showed during the 2012 London Olympics.
With Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge also not taking part, Team USA will enter training camp with just four big men including DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Kenneth Faried.
But Colangelo remains confident about their chances of winning.
“You can’t just sit around and cry in your beer regarding who you don’t have,” said Colangelo. “You look at what you do have and you say, ‘We’re going to get the job done’.”