Kings forward Rudy Gay has been added to the U.S. men’s national roster and will compete for a spot on the team that plays in the FIBA World Cup in Spain, USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo announced today.
Gay, Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousins and 14 other finalists will report Aug. 14 to Chicago, where they will practice at the Quest Multisport Complex for two days and play Brazil on Aug. 16 at the United Center.
“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” Gay said in a statement released by the Kings. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”
Four players will be cut before the U.S. team opens World Cup play Aug. 30 against Finland.
Gay takes the roster spot of Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, who withdrew from the finalists list Thursday.
“I received a call last night indicating that Rudy was available to join the National Team if Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and I felt he could help,” Colangelo said in the news release. “We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program. Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 USA World Championship Team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball National Team.”
Gay, who was acquired in December by the Kings from the Toronto Raptors, averaged 20 points, six rebounds and 2.9 assists in 73 games with the Kings and Raptors last season.
Gay has played in 27 games for the men’s national team, averaging 10 points and 3.9 rebounds.