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Fox Leaves Team USA Just Before It Leaves For Australia

One cut remains. Who will it be?

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Spain v United States
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 16: Ricky Rubio #9 of Spain driblbles as he is defended by Derrick White #46 and Mason Plumlee #35 of the United States in a 90-81 USA win during an exhibition game at Honda Center on August 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
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De’Aaron Fox has left Team USA just before the squad left for Australia for a friendly with the Boomers. This follows PJ Tucker leaving the day before, and reducing the roster to 13.

Twelve is the official roster limit for the World Cup so one more cut will have to happen.

Former Blue Devils Mason Plumlee and Jayson Tatum are both still on the team and in a bit of good news, it looks like Marcus Smart will be able to play.

The Aussies are not happy about this. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission expected major stars and the ads promised that. Now they’re not coming and they’re looking into whether the promoters have misrepresented the event.

In the words of Steve Martin...Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuse us!

In fairness to the Australians, there was a huge buzz about the US team coming in. Like Canada, basketball in Australia is about to explode. They really wanted this and now they won't get it. That has to stink.

On the way out of the country, the US showed it had enough to compete with and beat Spain, one of the better teams internationally, 90-81.

Spain has five players with NBA experience.

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