UPDATE: Wizards’ Bradley Beal on USA Basketball camp roster; John Wall left off – for now


Bradley Beal (right) will have a shot to make Team USA, while John Wall was left off the short list. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

John Wall was again left off Team USA’s 19-man minicamp roster, but according to people with knowledge of the situation, the all-star point guard could still get a chance to try out for the team when it begins training in Las Vegas on July 28 in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

After making his first all-star appearance and leading the Wizards to their first playoff series win since 2005, Wall was elated to receive an invitation from USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo but he is still recovering from a season in which he played every preseason, regular-season and playoff game – a total of 101 – for the first time in career.

Though he doesn’t have any serious ailments, Wall has yet to receive clearance from the Wizards to participate, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Bradley Beal is currently the Wizards’ lone representative on a roster that includes Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Paul George, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward, Kenneth Faried, Andre Drummond and Klay Thompson.

Colangelo made two additions that weren’t on the original 28-man talent pool that will compete for spots in the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons. If he proves capable of handling the grind of the tryouts, Wall could be added at a later date.

Wall was disappointed last June when he was left off the pool and said he would use the snub as another source of motivation. After watching the 23-year-old blossom in his fourth season, Colangelo said late in the season that Wall was “on the radar.” An opportunity appeared to open up for Wall when all-star point guard Russell Westbrook withdrew from minicamp last week.

The Wizards, however, want to be cautious with Wall, who was forced to miss 33 games in the 2012-13 season after developing a stress injury in his left knee. If it were the regular season, Wall would be allowed to play, according to a league source. But the Wizards don’t want to risk not having their most important player available for training camp. Next season will be the first of a five-year, $85 million extension that Wall signed last August.

Team USA will have nearly a month’s worth of practices and scrimmages in Las Vegas, Chicago and Spain. The 12 players to make the national team will participate in the World Cup from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14.

Colangelo and Coach Mike Krzyzewski have typically gone with point guards who are capable of playing off the ball. The team currently features four point guards in Rose, Curry, Irving and Lillard. The first two already won a gold medal in the 2010 world championships while the latter two are quality perimeter shooters. Wall improved his three-point shot last season but is a better distributor and defender.

Wall and Beal attended minicamp last year but Beal was unable to participate as he recovered from a right leg injury. This summer, Beal will be competing at shooting guard with Harden, Thompson and DeRozan. At the end of the season, Beal said he was looking forward to the opportunity.

“I feel as though I can come in and make the impact and be the best I can be,” Beal said recently. “That’s all I can ask for. I’m granted a great opportunity. Not many [21] year olds have a chance to represent their country and play in the Olympics so whatever it takes, I’m going to go out there and bust my butt and prove to Coach K that I’m capable of playing for him.”

Michael Lee has covered the Wizards and the NBA at the Washington Post since October 2004.
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