Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan are among 34 NBA players expected to attend USA Basketball’s men’s national team minicamp next week in Las Vegas.
No Lakers were selected.
The minicamp will be held Tuesday through Thursday. Practices will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. The minicamp will conclude Thursday with the 2015 USA Basketball Showcase, a USA Blue versus USA White exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Five other players with ties to Southern California were also among the 34-player minicamp roster announced Thursday — Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (Compton High, USC); Indiana Pacers guard-forward Paul George (Knight High); Houston Rockets guard James Harden (Artesia High); Cleveland Cavaliers forward-center Kevin Love (UCLA); and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (Santa Margarita Catholic High).
“With this being a summer where we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for, this year’s minicamp is an opportunity to continue and expand the brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built,” national team managing director Jerry Colangelo said.
“It will be a celebration of all that we’ve accomplished with USA Basketball since the national team program was formed in 2006 while also looking ahead to 2016. The minicamp is going to be low key with light workouts, no contact, and the USA Basketball Showcase on Aug. 13 will be a fun all-star type game.”
—City News Service