Cavs F Kevin Love invited to USA Basketball training camp

Love among 20 NBA players auditioning for 2019 USA World Cup team

Daryl Ruiter
June 10, 2019 - 11:35 am

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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Cavs forward Kevin Love has been invited by USA Basketball to participate in training camp this summer in advance of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Love, a five-time NBA All-Star and member of the Cavs 2016 NBA championship team, won Olympic gold with Team USA in 2012 and was a member of the 2010 gold-winning USA World Cup team.

Love missed 50 games following toe surgery last season that saw him appear in just 22 games where he averaged 17 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

A total of 20 NBA players have been invited to compete for the 12 roster spots in Las Vegas this summer.

“We’re pleased with the players who will be attending the 2019 USA Basketball National Team Training Camp, and we feel we will be able to select a strong team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup,” USA Basketball chairman and national team managing director Jerry Colangelo said. “The majority of these players possess prior USA Basketball experience, and we know all of them are committed to representing their country and doing so in the manner expected by USA Basketball.

“Like past national team training camps, this group too possesses outstanding individual talents, while also boasting of excellent versatility and athleticism. We’ve been watching a lot of players during the NBA season and the six players who we’ve added to the National Team roster we feel are deserving of being part of our national team program.”

Joining Love this summer are Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) and P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets).

If selected as a finalist for the team, Love will then travel to Los Angeles in mid-August for four days, including an exhibition Aug. 16 against Spain.

The official roster for the 2019 USA Basketball World Cup roster will be announced on Aug. 17.

Team USA will travel to Australia for training and exhibition games in late August before the 32-team FIBA World Cup tips off in China Aug. 31.  

USA Basketball is the world’s top-ranked team and two-time defending FIBA World Cup champion.