Reports: Tristan Thompson will not play for Canada at World Cup; Rui Hachimura will play for Japan
With national teams getting close to heading to training camp for the FIBA World Cup (which starts at the end of August), rosters are starting to shake out. For example, we know Anthony Davis will not play for Team USA, and Ben Simmons is out for Australia.
Now comes some more updates.
First, big man Tristan Thompson will not suit up for Canada, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Canada will still field a team made up almost entirely of NBA players. They should have a deep run in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura will suit up for Japan, according to the Wizards official website.
The FIBA World Cup tips off August 31 in China, and is not only the world championship but this time around also the primary qualifier for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Close to home, USA Basketball is scheduled to begin its pre-World Cup camp in Las Vegas Aug. 5, with an intrasquad exhibition game at the T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 9. Then the team heads to Southern California for more training followed by an exhibition against Spain on Aug. 16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.