Thanks to continued uncertainty about what NBA jersey Kevin Love will wear next, the Minnesota Timberwolves star has informed Team USA he won't be wearing theirs this summer.
USA Basketball announced Saturday that Love will be unavailable to join the team as it prepares for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. Training camp is scheduled to begin on Monday in Las Vegas.
Love had previously committed to playing in the 2014 tournament in July of last year.
"He wants to play but it's a little bit of a sign of the times when you look at the league in terms of contracts, rumored trades," USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo told the Associated Press. "All of those circumstances puts players I'm a funny position."
The Timberwolves have been fielding numerous offers for the three-time All-Star, but the Cleveland Cavaliers and
Love led the NBA in double-doubles (65) last season while averaging 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Love won gold medals with the the U.S. basketball team at the 2010 world championships and 2012 Olympics in London.
Earlier this week Blake Griffin announced that he would not be joining the team in order to focus on his upcoming season with the
"The fact is we can only look to the players we have available. Our job is to get the job done with our very, very deep roster, and we're anxious to get things started," Colangelo said in a release.
There are still 18 players expected to participate in training camp and from there the team's roster will be eventually be reduced to 12. The team begins exhibition games in mid-August.
Players expected at Team USA's training camp include: