Team USA cannot catch a break leading up to this year’s FIBA World Cup as players are still stepping away from the team.
Stars from across the NBA continue to withdraw their names from consideration for the final roster, with the most recent withdrawal being former Kentucky Wildcats point guard and current Sacramento Kings centerpiece De’Aaron Fox.
Fox was promoted from Team USA’s Select Team to the main roster and had a great opportunity to play backup point guard behind Kemba Walker but, just like many other players, he opted to save his body the extra wear and tear and shift his attention to his season with the Kings.
Fox isn’t the first Kentucky product to pass on Team USA this summer. Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, and Julius Randle all withdrew themselves at different times and while Bam Adebayo participated in Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas as well as their scrimmage, he was cut from the roster following the game.
Fox finished third in the NBA’s Most Improved Player voting, as he averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 81 games for Sacramento last season. He improved on each of his statistics and percentages in a second season where he helped the Kings reach the ninth seed in the West.
As for Team USA, they can only hope they don't take any more blows to the roster leading into their final three scrimmages before they depart for Shanghai, China on August 31st.