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Rudy Gay added to Team USA roster

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Rudy Gay has a chance to compete for his country this summer.  (USATSI)
Rudy Gay has a chance to compete for his country this summer. (USATSI)

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Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has been added to Team USA's roster, USA Basketball announced on Friday. Here's the official statement:

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo today announced that 2010 USA World Championship Team gold medalist Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings) has been added to the 2014 USA National Team and 2014-16 USA National Team rosters. Gay and USA Basketball's 15 other National Team finalists will resume preparations for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Aug. 14-16 with a training camp in Chicago.

After Kevin Durant's departure, the roster is back up to 16 players. Four will be cut before Team USA leaves for the FIBA World Cup at the end of the month.

Gay won't simply replace the MVP, and he won't necessarily be a part of the final 12-man team, but he gives USA Basketball another long, athletic player on the wing. There was suddenly a bit of a shortage of those after Durant pulled out and Paul George got hurt.

He'll be competing with Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver and ex-teammate DeMar DeRozan for a chance to represent his country in Spain. Of that group, he and Parsons are the only ones with enough size to shift over to the power forward position, something that both Durant and George were expected to do. If USA Basketball wants some scoring punch, he can certainly provide that, but Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski might prefer to have guys who won't use too many possessions that could instead go to Stephen Curry, James Harden and Derrick Rose.

Gay averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists after being traded from the Raptors to the Kings last December, shooting 48 percent from the field.

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