We learned on Monday that John Wall and Bradley Beal would not be part of the Team USA roster heading to Spain later this month for the World Cup of Basketball.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke with media members on a conference call Tuesday afternoon regarding the roster. I asked about the decisions on Wall and Beal. Colangelo answered.
"The fact is both players had a good week," Colangelo said. "Beal is a young player who has been involved with USA Basketball in the past. I feel confident that he will part of that future because he's an outstanding talent. This was strictly a numbers situation with him."
James Harden, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward are the remaining wing guard options.
"As it relates to John Wall. You look at the guards who went forward in terms of our point guards - and he's truly a point with great size and really good defensively. That was a tough call as it relates to asking him not to go forward because of the people we thought were ahead of him in terms of talent, what they might bring to this particular team. John also has time in with USA Basketball and I believe we'll hear from him in the future also."
Derrick Rose is considered a roster lock at point guard. Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard also remain on the roster. Curry plays point for Golden State, but is expected to play off the ball for Team USA.
The current roster of 16 players, which includes Kevin Durant, will be cut to 12 before the team heads overseas.