FIBA: Sixers' Harris latest to withdraw from Team USA roster

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Posted at Jul 23 2019 10:18 AM

Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks during a press conference on July 12, 2019 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. Jesse D. Garrabrant, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris became the latest player to withdraw from the Team USA roster for the upcoming World Cup in China.

Harris, the sixth player to pull out, said he wanted to focus on preparing for the 2019-20 season, according to published reports on Monday. Harris signed a five-year, $180 million deal with the 76ers earlier this month.

Washington shooting guard Bradley Beal withdrew earlier Monday, citing the upcoming birth of a son.

Previously exiting were Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, James Harden and Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets and CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Two others currently listed on the roster -- Portland's Damian Lillard and Cleveland's Kevin Love -- have yet to indicate whether they plan to play.

The departures of Harris and Beal led to guard Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and Thaddeus Young of the Chicago Bulls being added later Monday, according to The Athletic.

Team USA has 16 players on the current training camp roster, but managing director Jerry Colangelo said he isn't overly concerned.

"History would indicate this is nothing new, this is part of our process," Colangelo told reporters. "We're blessed with a lot of talents, and we're very deep. We'll take the cards that we are dealt."

Also, forward Zion Williamson withdrew from the Team USA Select Team on Monday. The Select Team is a 10-player group invited to participate in the Team USA training camp.

Training camp begins Aug. 5 in Las Vegas, and the official 12-man roster is slated to be announced on Aug. 17. The competition runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 15, with Team USA playing its first game on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic.

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