Damian Lillard next in line for Team USA (Aug 28 12:00 ET )
Damian Lillard will be brought back to team USA if another player drops out of the FIBA World Cup, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet.
The Scoop:He was cut from Team USA and said it would provide "more wood on the fire." Lillard will be in the same role as he was last season, but will have Steve Blake back him up instead of Mo Williams. C.J. McCollum could play next to him more, but it shouldn't impact Lillard negatively.
The Scoop:"More wood on the fire," Lillard told The Oregonian when asked how he felt about not making the final 12-man Team USA roster. "Not my first time being put off and probably not the last." Lillard has had a fantastic career so far, and him not making the final 12-man roster has more to do with the ridiculous depth of point guards playing for the US Team rather than anything he did. Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, and 5.6 assists during his sophomore campaign, and he has yet to miss a single game during his a career. Obviously, he is an early-round target, and No. 1 point guard heading into this year's drafts.
The Americans kept Derrick Rose and cut All-Star Damian Lillard and three others early Saturday morning, getting their roster down to the limit for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Though team officials had previously said they might carry extra players when they left for Spain on Saturday, and final rosters aren't due until next Friday, the Americans decided there was no need to wait. Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons also were cut, shortly after the Americans beat Puerto Rico 112-86 in their final home exhibition game.