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John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap cut from Team USA’s World Cup roster


John Wall always faced an uphill climb to make Team USA’s World Cup roster over his personal rival, Kyrie Irving.

Unlike Irving, Wall didn’t make the initial American player pool.

Unlike Irving, Wall didn’t play for the national U18 team.

Unlike Irving, Wall didn’t play for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski in college.

In the end, it was too much for Wall to overcome. He’s one of Team USA’s first set of cuts, a list that also includes Wizards teammate Bradley Beal and Hawks forward Paul Millsap, another late addition to the player pool.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The roster is now down to 15 players.


And by position:

  • Point guard: Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard
  • Shooting guard: James Harden
  • Small forward: Kevin Durant, Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan
  • Power forward: Kenneth Faried
  • Center: Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins

Rough prediction: The final cuts will be Faried, Thompson and DeRozan to get the roster down to 12. But I don’t think Jerry Colangelo stops there. Select-team center Mason Plumlee – another former Duke player under Krzyzewski – is probably the favorite over Cousins.

That would leave Team USA with plenty of talent, the ability to play three-guard lineups and enough small-ball fours. It’s a heck of a team when Wall, Beal and Millsap are relatively easy cuts.

The next trimmings shouldn’t be so straightforward.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.