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Durant drops off USA Basketball team

Throughout Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas, coaches and executives talked about this situation being perfect for Derrick Rose's return because he wouldn't have to carry as heavy a load with so much star power.

The load just got heavier.

Following Paul George's gruesome broken right leg, Kevin Durant surprisingly withdrew on Thursday in advance of USA Basketball's trip to Chicago next week and the FIBA World Cup in Spain in September.

Durant reached out to coach Mike Krzyzewski and managing director Jerry Colangelo and expressed that he felt "mentally and physically drained" by the recent NBA season and other obligations this summer, according to a statement issued by USA Basketball.

"This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country," Durant said in the statement. "I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint.

"I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. I will be rooting for USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them."

USA Basketball must cut its roster to 12 players roster from the 15 remaining players before Cup play begins Aug. 30 in Spain.

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