FIBA Changes Will Force USA Basketball To Use Non-NBA Players

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FIBA Changes Will Force USA Basketball To Use Non-NBA Players 

Post#1 » by RealGM Wiretap » Tue May 2, 2017 4:50 pm

USA Basketball will attempt to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup using a rotating squad of D-League players. 


FIBA is moving away from tournaments held strictly in the summer.


U.S. rosters for the World Cup itself, as well as the Olympics, will continue to feature NBA stars.


D-Leaguers will be made available while USA Basketball could also recruit Americans playing abroad in leagues that will consent to releasing players for qualifying windows.


The United States will remain a heavy favorite to qualify out of the Americas region even without access to NBA players in qualifying. 

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

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Re: FIBA Changes Will Force USA Basketball To Use Non-NBA Players 

Post#2 » by Calinks » Tue May 2, 2017 8:30 pm

Well will be fun to see some under the radar guys play, wonder if any recently retired pros would be willing to sign up, could be cool. Does this screw other American teams though like Canada, Brazil, Argentina who feature NBA players? This could drastically hurt many of them.
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