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Kyrie Irving, John Wall among invitees for Team USA Basketball mini-camp

Team USA Basketball has extended invitations to a group of up-and-coming NBA players for a mini-camp in Las Vegas to compete for spots on the team that will play in the 2014 World Championships and 2016 Olympics.


Team USA Basketball is gearing up for a mini-camp in July, where rising NBA stars will compete for a spot on the squad that will play in the 2014 World Championships and 2016 Olympics. Plenty of players have already received invitations to the three-day event, including Kyrie Irving, John Wall, and 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

There are 24 roster spots to fill on the USA Men's Select Team, and here are the known invitees. The point guard crop is heavy, as Irving, Wall and Lillard are set to join Ty Lawson and Kemba Walker at the camp. Warriors guard Stephen Curry did not receive an invite, but he played for the Select Team in 2012 and is considered an option to be named directly to the final Team USA roster. Teammates Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes have reportedly received invitations to the mini-camp.

Mike Conley of the Grizzlies and George Hill and Paul George of the Pacers are expected to get invites when their teams' run in the NBA Playoffs is over. Milwaukee Bucks big man Larry Sanders has accepted his invitation, and Pistons Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond are expected to receive consideration.

Utah Jazz teammates Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, who played on the 2012 Select Team, have also been asked to attend the 2013 mini-camp, per Bill Oram of The Salt Lake Tribune.

John Wall's backcourt partner in Washington, Bradley Beal, has also received an invite to participate at the Las Vegas camp, according to The Washington Post.

An invitation to the Select Team is hardly a guarantee that the player will make the final roster. Commitments from veteran players like Chris Paul, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook could eliminate additional roster spots. Some players may also be there just to fill out spots for competition. For reference, players like DeJuan Blair, Lance Thomas and DeMar DeRozan made the 2012 Select Team roster.

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