Gay added to U.S. roster

Rudy Gay, finalist for the 2010 USA Men's World Championship team, looks up at his coach during...

Rudy Gay, finalist for the 2010 USA Men's World Championship team, looks up at his coach during practice in New York August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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A day after Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant withdrew from the U.S. national team, Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay took his spot on the roster.

Gay, who has international experience, reached out to USA Basketball to express his interest in contributing. He played for the U.S. gold-medal-winning team in the 2010 world championships and was one of the final cuts made on the 2012 U.S. Olympic 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," USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said.

Gay was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Kings during the 2013-14 NBA season and averaged 20 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 73 games between the teams.

Gay will join the national team at its training camp on Aug. 14 in Chicago. Also on the roster is Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousins.

The U.S. team is preparing for the FIBA World Cup in Spain on Aug.30-Sept. 14.

"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."

In 27 games with USA Basketball, Gay has averaged 10.0 pounds and 3.9 rebounds.

"I received a call last night indicating that Rudy was available to join the national team if Coack K (Mike Krzyzewski) and I felt he could help," Colangelo said. "We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program.

"Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 USA world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA basketball national team."

Durant said Thursday that he chose to pull out because he was physically and mentally drained. The news came less than a week after he completed a week long training camp with the U.S. team, which lost Paul George to a serious leg injury.

 

 


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