On Thursday, USA Basketball will release a list of 28 NBA players who will compete for the final roster spots on its 2014 World Cup squad, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is expected to make his return to USA Basketball after a six-year hiatus, Wojnarowski reported. ESPN's Marc Steins added that DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul George are players who will make the pool hoping to earn their way onto their first senior men's national squads. Gordon Hayward, Damian Lillard and Kawhi Leonard will also participate, according to sources of separate reports.
The 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic squads will be without Team USA's two most-recognizable faces from the 2012 London Olympics. LeBron James won't participate in 2014 and is unlikely to join the national squad for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, and Kobe Bryant is likewise not expected to return.