Basketball / Sports

Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA play

Kevin Love has told Team USA he will not be able to play for it this summer because of his current unsettled situation with the Timberwolves.

USA Basketball's Jerry Colangelo announced it this morning, two days before the national team is set to begin workouts in Las Vegas for the World Cup that will be played in Spain starting little more than a month from now.,

The tweet that referred to the organization's news release said Love is unavailable for the five-day training camp in Las Vegas while the release itself said he won't play for Team USA this summer.

Love could be traded by Aug. 23, 30 days after Cleveland rookie Andrew Wiggins signed his NBA contract and is eligible by NBA rules to be traded.

The World Cup starts Aug. 30, but probably the only way Love still plays for the U.S team is if he's a late injury replacement just before tournament play begins and just after he is traded, if he is by then.

"The fact is we can only look to the players we have available," Colangelo said in the release. "Our job is to get the job done with our very, very deep roster and we're anxious to get things started."

The Team USA roster currently includes big men DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Kevin Durant and Chandler Parsons, all of whom could play either center or at least some power forward in the international game.

Love played on the 2010 World Championship team that won a gold medal in Turkey and also won gold with the U.S. Olympic team in London in 2012.

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