Nets forward Mikal Bridges commits to play for Team USA at FIBA World Cup: report

Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Admin



Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges has committed to play for Team USA at this summer’s FIBA World Cup, according to reports.

The Athletic first reported Bridges’ addition to the team.

Bridges, 26, saw his scoring more than double after joining Brooklyn as part of the Kevin Durant trade, averaging 26.1 points in his 27 games with the Nets and quickly becoming one of the team’s leaders. The 6-foot-6 wing also averaged 23.5 points a game in the team’s first-round playoff loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves, Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton and Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Bobby Portis have also pledged to play for Team USA.

Edwards, 21, averaged 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his first All-Star season. Reaves, 25, broke out this season, becoming a consistent contributor in the Lakers’ run from the play-in game to the Western Conference Finals. Haliburton, 23, was also a first-time All-Star this season, notching 20.7 points and 10.4 assists a game. Portis, 28, averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds off the bench for the Bucks and finished third in NBA Sixth Man of the Year voting.

USA Basketball managing director Grant Hill, coach Steve Kerr and general manager Sean Ford are putting the team together.

The squad will convene in Las Vegas for training camp in early August before playing a number of exhibition games. The World Cup begins Aug. 25 and will have games in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Team USA has won each Olympic Gold Medal since 2008, but finished seventh at the 2019 World Cup.



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