LAS VEGAS: Kyrie Irving is one of 19 players invited to Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas later this month, Team USA announced on Monday.
Irving’s inclusion is no surprise since he is expected to be part of the final roster that travels to Spain for the FIBA World Cup in six weeks.
Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and Steph Curry are also point guards on the initial 19-man list. John Wall could still be added at a later date.
The Vegas training camp runs July 28 to August 1, followed by camps in Chicago Aug. 14-15 and New York Aug. 17-22 before departing for Spain.
The FIBA World Cup is scheduled to run Aug. 30 through Sept. 14.
The rest of the 19-man invite list includes: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson.
Irving attended the Cavs’ summer league game Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers, but politely declined to discuss his contract extension or the return of LeBron James to Cleveland.
Cavs remain unbeaten
Anthony Bennett’s strong summer league showing continued Monday in the Cavs’ 86-77 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bennett had 14 points and four rebounds, including a powerful dunk in traffic in the second half that left the crowd buzzing. He shot 5 for 12 as his second-year revival continues.
Andrew Wiggins had 10 points and three rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks.
He also shot 4 for 8 after struggling with his shot in the first two games, including an impressive two-handed, spinning baseline dunk that left the crowd cheering.
Monday’s game was the final for the Cavs in the preliminary round of summer league. Now they’ll be seeded tournament-style the rest of the way.
After his name surfaced in rumors at the trade deadline, Tyler Zeller was nervous about getting traded at the draft because it was so close to his wedding.
Zeller survived the draft, but wound up getting dealt last week just days before his wedding.
But he’s going to familiar territory.
Zeller was dealt to the Boston Celtics last week in a three-team deal intended to clear salary cap space for LeBron James.
He has been reunited with Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has ties to the Zeller family dating back to when Tyler and his brother, Cody, were in elementary and middle school in Indiana.
“It’s unique getting traded a few days before you get married,” said Cody Zeller, who is at summer league with the Charlotte Bobcats.
He said he played H-O-R-S-E games in the driveway with Stevens when he was in fourth grade. “But luckily him and his now-wife are pretty easy going and just go with the flow.”
Stevens was an assistant at Butler when he began recruiting oldest brother Luke.
He also unsuccessfully recruited both Tyler and Cody. Now he finally gets to coach one of them.
“He’s very excited,” Cody Zeller said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for him to play more.”
Will Cherry’s name is starting to buzz around league coaches and executives after his strong showing in summer league.
The Cavs would love to stash him in Canton, but overseas teams are starting to pursue him aggressively.
After a successful stint here, he may get interest from NBA teams, too. The biggest knock against him is he’s only 5-foot-11.
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