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With four cuts to go, Mason Plumlee stays alive with Team USA

Ethan Miller

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Coach Mike Krzyzewski cut Team USA down by three players Monday --John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap-- leaving 16 players, including Mason Plumlee, still with a chance of making the 12-man squad for the FIBA World Cup. The official announcement will come Tuesday.

Plumlee is the only bench player and the only player who averaged fewer than 12 points a game in camp. (Derrick Rose of course missed all but 10 games last season.) He's also the only player elevated from the Select Team to the Team USA roster. In addition to Plumlee, camp now includes four other bigs: Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond.

USA Basketball must submit its official 12-player roster the day before the tournament starts on August 30. The team will resume its training camp on August 13 in Chicago. The team plays four exhibition games before Team USA plays Finland on opening night: vs. Brazil on August 16 in Chicago; vs. Puerto Rico on August 20 and Dominican Republic on August 22, both at Madison Square Garden and August 26 vs. Slovenia in Gran Canaria, Spain. ESPN will broadcast all four games as well as a scrimmage at West Point on August 18.

Two other Nets --rookie Bojan Bogdanovic of Croatia and Jorge Gutierrez of Mexico-- will also participate in the World Cup. Andray Blatche will play for the Philippines.