Love latest to pull out from USA team

Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:19pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves became the third NBA player in recent weeks to withdraw from consideration for Team USA in next month's World Cup, USA Basketball said on Saturday.

The power forward, a member of the gold-medal winning 2012 U.S. Olympic team, is rumored to be heading to a new NBA team, with the Cavaliers, Bulls and Warriors all striving to swing a trade with Minnesota.

The 6-10 Love, a three-time NBA All-Star who averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season, informed USA Basketball that because of his current status he would be unavailable to play for the national team this summer.

"Our job is to get the job done with our very, very deep roster, and we're anxious to get things started," USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.

Training camp starts on Monday in Las Vegas.

On Friday, Washington Wizards guard John Wall was added to the pool of players competing for a berth on the U.S. team after the withdrawal of Clippers power forward Blake Griffin.

Griffin's withdrawal followed a decision by guard Russell Westbrook to step aside as he works to rebound from an injury-hit NBA season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

USA Basketball and head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has steered the U.S. team to the past two Olympic gold medals, will still have a wealth of candidates to choose from.

Players expected at the Las Vegas training camp include: DeMarcus Cousins (Kings); Stephen Curry (Warriors); Anthony Davis (Pelicans); Kevin Durant (Thunder); Paul George (Pacers); James Harden (Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) and Derrick Rose (Bulls).   Continued...

Feb 14, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference forward Kevin Love during the 2014 NBA All Star game Player Press Conferences at New Orleans Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports