A program still recovering from Paul Geroge's gruesome right leg injury last Friday, USA Basketball has made its first cuts in trimming the roster in advance of the World Cup in Spain later this month.
Washington Wizards' guards John Wall, Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap have been been cut, bringing the roster to 16. Yahoo Sports first reported the news.
Millsap was a late addition because of the absence of Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. Griffin withdrew because of a fracture in his back and Love withdrew for personal reasons.
USA Basketball has scheduled a Tuesday teleconference to make the cuts officials.
USA Basketball must submit its official 12-man roster the day before the tournament starts on Aug. 30. The will begin training in Chicago on August 13, before its to tip off in an exhibition game against Brazil next Saturday at the United Center.
This leaves Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Kyl Korver, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins and Mason Plumlee as the remaining candidates.
Rose's participation in Team USA was merely seen as a great tuneup for him headed into training camp, but after an impressive training camp -- where he showed signs of the explosion and quickness that has defined his game, along with an intense focus on defense -- he now appears to be a shoo-in.
Before tearing his ACL in 2012, he would have been the starting point guard for the National Team that won a gold medal in the London Olympic Games.