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Rudy Gay selected to replace Kevin Durant on USA World Cup roster

The U.S. national basketball team announced, on Aug. 8, that Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will rejoin the squad following Kevin Durant’s withdrawal.

Rudy Gay was named to the U.S. World Cup roster on Aug. 8. Gay, who played for the U.S. Word Championship team in 2010, averaged 20.1 points in 55 games for the Sacramento Kings this past season.
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Gay helped Team USA win a gold medal in the 2010 World Championships. Following Durant’s withdrawal, due to extreme fatigue, told USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo that he was interested in returning if he and coach Mike Krzyzewski were interested.

"We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program," Colangelo said Friday in a statement. "Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball national team."

Gay appeared in all nine of Team USA’s 2010 world championships games and averaged 7.0 points coming off the bench. He also was one of the last cuts made by the 2012 Olympic team.

“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” said Gay. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”

Gay is a good fit for Team USA due to his versatility, he can play both forward positions, and his defensive capabilities.

Gay averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 55 games for the Kings last year. Gay also appeared in 18 games for Toronto, before being traded by the Raptors, and averaged 19.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Gay will join the other 15 players who survived the U.S.’s first round of cuts in Chicago from Aug. 14-15 at the Quest Multisport Complex. The U.S. will play an exhibition contest versus Brazil at the United Center on Aug. 16.

USA National Team finalists include DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Mason Plumlee, Derrick Rose and Klay Thompson.

Following Chicago, the U.S. will continue its World Cup preparations Aug. 18-22 in New York, and play a pair of exhibition games at Madison Square Garden, on Aug. 20 against the Dominican Republic and Aug. 22, against Puerto Rico. The U.S. will then complete its pre-World Cup exhibition tour on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. Training Aug. 24-25, the U.S. will close out its exhibition tour on Aug. 26 facing Slovenia at Gran Canaria Arena.

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