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Colangelo on Love rejoining Team USA: 'Chances are that won't happen'

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Kevin Love likely won't suit up for Team USA this summer.  (USATSI)
Kevin Love likely won't suit up for Team USA this summer. (USATSI)

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USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said on Tuesday that it's not likely Kevin Love will join Team USA at the last minute this summer:

Love pulled out of training camp just before it started, as it didn't make sense for him to risk injury while in limbo. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have a "handshake agreement" on a trade, but it would involve No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, who cannot be moved until Aug. 23 at the earliest.

Colangelo previously said that it was technically possible Love could join the team before it left for the FIBA World Cup in Spain at the end of August, and that is still true. It would be pretty unfair to the players who had been participating all along, though, and it would go against the message about consistent commitment to the program that USA Basketball has been sending since Colangelo came aboard almost a decade ago. Outside of -- knock on wood -- a significant frontcourt injury, it's hard to envision a scenario where Love winds up taking part.

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