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Team USA Adds Rudy Gay to Replace Kevin Durant

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rudygayFollowing the withdraw of Kevin Durant from Team USA’s roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, Team USA hasasked former member Rudy Gay, who helped the squad win the FIBA World Cup 4 years ago, to rejoin Team USA.

USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo got a call Thursday, shortly after Durant announced his withdrawal that siad Rudy Gay is available if he and coach Mike Krzyzewski were interested in adding him to the roster.

“We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program,” Colangelo said Friday in a statement. “Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball national team.”

Gay, forward for the Sacramento Kings, appeared in all 9 games the Americans played in the FIBA World Cup back in 2010, averaging 7 points off the bench. Gay was one of the final cuts for the 2012 Olympic roster.

This puts the current roster back to 16 players as Team USA is set to resume practice next Thursday in Chicago in order to make the final roster set before going to Spain to compete starting August 30th.

“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” Gay said. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”

The addition of Gay, who averaged 20 points for the  Toronto Raptors and Sacramento will be very useful for team USA as he can play both forward spots which otherwise would have been filled by Durant, and Paul George, who suffered a severe leg injury.

 

 

 

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