After Kevin Love and Blake Griffin pulled themselves from contention for Team USA last month, Director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski added Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap to the roster that would have the chance to represent the country in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
The team would have to be cut from 20 players down to 12 before the tournament started on August 30. Although Team USA still has a few weeks before the deadline to make official roster decisions, Coach K and his staff will start making cuts so they can round out the roster early and start making plans around the 12 that are selected.
A few of those cuts have come already, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Millsap is one of the first to go:
USA Basketball cut Washington’s John Wall, Bradley Beal and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap today, sources told Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 4, 2014
Millsap was a long-shot to make the roster anyways, so this comes as no surprise.
The fact that he was selected for the training camp roster shows the improvement the All-Star has made in his short time with the Hawks, and it should be considered an honor.
Fellow Atlanta teammate Kyle Korver is still in contention for a roster spot, and with Paul George suffering his gruesome injury, there is an open spot for a wing player.
Congratulations to Paul Millsap for being selected to Team USA in the first place; the future is bright for the Hawks.