McCollum, Gordon pull out of U.S. World Cup team

Field Level Media

July 20, 2019 at 11:54 pm.

Guards CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets have withdrawn from playing for USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup in China, according to published reports.

Their departures come after Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Rockets guard James Harden withdrew earlier this month.

Yahoo Sports reported McCollum’s withdrawal, citing league sources who say he wants to concentrate on preparing for the 2019-20 seasons.

The Athletic reported Gordon’s decision to remove himself from the roster.

The possibility continues to loom that Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will eventually pull out after undergoing thumb surgery earlier this week.

The World Cup runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. USA Basketball training camp is set to begin Aug. 5 in Las Vegas.