Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has been added to Team USA’s 16 man roster joining teammate DeMarcus Cousins in a quest to represent the US on the final roster of 12 players that will participate in FIBA World Cup action in Spain Aug 30 – September 14th.
Gay via a Kings press release commented, “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.”
A key member of Team USA’s 2010 World Championship Team, Gay was added to the roster after Kevin Durant decided to leave the team last week to recharge and prepare for the upcoming NBA season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Gay has played in 27 games for USA Basketball and boasts USA career averages of 10.0 ppg., 3.9 rpg., while shooting 51.2 percent from the floor, 38.8 percent from 3-point.
Acquired by Sacramento via a trade with Toronto last season, Gay exercised his player option at $19.3M to stay with the Kings this season.
A proven scorer, Gay played and started in 73 games in 2013-14 (55 with Sacramento and 18 with Toronto), and averaged for the season 20.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 2.9 apg., 1.3 spg., and shot 45.5 percent from the field.
Team USA will reconvene in Chicago on Thursday and will face Brazil in an exhibition contest on Saturday at 8 pm CDT.
Following Chicago, the U.S. will continue its World Cup preparations Aug. 18-22 in New York, and play a pair of exhibition games at Madison Square Garden, Aug. 20 against Dominican Republic, and Aug. 22 versus Puerto Rico.
Training Aug. 24-25, the U.S. will close out its exhibition tour on Aug. 26 facing Slovenia at Gran Canaria Arena.
Conducting a basketball clinic for youth on Aug. 27 in Dakar, Senegal, the USA team will complete its training for the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup Aug. 28-29 in Bilbao, Spain, the site of its World Cup preliminary round games.
The 2014 World Cup, featuring a total of 24 national teams, is scheduled to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.