Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell reportedly will decline Team USA training camp invite

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Harrell, 25, will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2019-20 season. Last season, he finished third in Sixth Man of the Year voting after averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.3 blocked shots while shooting 61.5 percent from the field in 82 regular-season games for the Clippers.He and Lou Williams (who won the Sixth Man award for the third time) combined to record the highest combined scoring average of any reserve duo in NBA history – 36.9 points per game – according to the Elias Sports Bureau.One of the NBA’s most prolific and creative sneakerheads, this summer Harrell also reportedly agreed to a shoe deal with AND1. In June, Clippers second-year guard Landry Shamet was among those invited to join a 10-man “select” team comprised of up-and-coming players at Team USA’s training camp.Harrell, who remains active during the offseason, playing in pro-ams throughout the country, also recently re-signed with the Klutch Sports Group, which helped him sign his first NBA contract with the Houston Rockets after they drafted the energetic forward/center 32nd overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img Add Montrezl Harrell’s name to the game of Team USA musical chairs happening this summer. The Clippers’ 6-foot-8 forward/center was invited to USA Basketball’s training camp roster for the World Cup, the organization announced Thursday, but according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Harrell isn’t inclined to accept the invitation to the camp, which opens Aug. 5 in Las Vegas.Harrell was among a list of six additional players who USA Basketball announced Thursday were confirmed to participate, along with Boston’s Jaylen Brown, Denver’s Mason Plumlee, New York’s Julius Randle, Boston’s Marcus Smart and Chicago’s Thaddeus Young.They received late invites because, despite USA Basketball’s dominance, established players such as Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, C.J. McCollum, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love, Paul Millsap and Tobias Harris all have withdrawn from this year’s FIBA World Cup, which runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China, not long before the first NBA preseason game Oct. 4.Those standouts joined a substantial collection of superstars who previously declined to participate, including new Clippers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, as well as the Lakers’ LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State’s Steph Curry and Draymond Green, Houston’s Russell Westbrook, Detroit’s Blake Griffin and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving. Rookie sensation Zion Williamson reportedly said no, too. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Additional players who USA Basketball reported were expected to participate in the World Cup training camp: Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes; Detroit’s Andre Drummond; the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma; Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton; Toronto’s Kyle Lowry; Utah’s Donovan Mitchell; Boston’s Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum; Houston’s P.J. Tucker and Indiana’s Myles Turner.The 2018-20 national team coaching staff features San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, as well as Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright as assistants.Twelve players will make the final cut, with the roster expected to be announced Aug. 17.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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