Pulse: Haynes on Team USA training camp
LAS VEGAS – There remains a possibility that Kevin Love will be included on Team USA’s 12-man roster for FIBA World Cup competition later this summer.
Despite withdrawing “because of his current status” right before training camp opened in Las Vegas, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo acknowledged to CSNNW.com that a scenario does exists that could bring the power forward to Spain.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have been in discussions of a swap centered around Love and No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins cannot be traded until at least Aug. 23, due to signing his rookie contract last week.
The first game of FIBA World Cup play is Aug. 30. Colangelo says he has to submit a final roster 24 hours ahead of time. If the Timberwolves and Cavaliers execute the much-anticipated trade before the roster submission deadline, Love would be able to play for his country.
“Technically it is possible,” Colangelo said to CSNNW.com following Day 4 of Team USA training camp. “But I have to weigh all of the considerations if I were to look at that. Is it fair to the guys who are here putting in the time and effort? How do the teams think about that after the fact? I don’t know. We’ll see how it plays out.
“I know it’s an option. I know it’s possible that he could play, but we’ll see.”
Team USA could sure use Love’s talents, especially at the power forward position in which they’re currently lacking at. If everything does work out and all that’s left is player approval, the team’s biggest star is all for adding a little Love.
“I want whatever Mr. Colangelo wants. We would love to have him,” Durant told CSNNW.com. “It wouldn’t be a problem.”
If Durant is on board, you’d have to think the rest of the team would follow. We’ll find out in a month.