Team USA has had a hard time getting top-tier NBA talent to commit this offseason. Players like James Harden and Anthony Davis have decided not to play for their country in the FIBA World Cup.
Now, Julius Randle will join them.
Unlike the others who may’ve withdrawn just because they didn’t want injured or just craved the extra offseason, Randle, per the New York Post, isn’t playing with Team USA in order to address family concerns.
He’ll likely also use this time to prepare for his new role on the New York Knicks. Randle’s third team, the forward finally secured his long-term, high-value contract.
With Randle out, Team USA has added Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo. The 22-year-old has been in the Association two years, averaging a career-high 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Bam was added to the 15-man roster following the withdrawal of both Andre Drummond and Montrezl Harrell, both big men. For now, Bam will be one of four centers on the team and will compete with Brook Lopez and Myles Turner for minutes.
Lopez is more of a unique, shooting center while Turner will be the man that Bam needs to prove himself again. Turner led the league in blocks last season and has a similar game to Adebayo’s.
Adebayo will be UK’s only player on the national team while rival University of Louisville will also have one, superstar guard Donovan Mitchell. The University of Kentucky is in good hands with Bam representing them.