Team USA had its Blue vs. White scrimmage on Friday night, with the senior- dominant Blue team taking home the victory, 97-78 in Las Vegas.
After the game concluded, the team decided to make a few cuts as it tries to narrow down its roster for the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
Among the cuts were Miami Heat Center Bam Adebayo and Bulls Forward Thaddeus Young.
Replacing them are San Antonio Guard Derrick White and Kings’ Forward Marvin Bagley. They will join USA Basketball in LA next week, per managing director Jerry Colangelo.
Despite the exit for Adebayo, the Miami Heat are expecting the big man to take over the starting Center position after the team traded Hassan Whiteside to Portland.
The 6’11 Adebayo averaged 8.9 pts, 7.3 reb, 2.2 assists, and 23.3 minutes while playing in all 82 games last season. He will expected to have an increased rols and share playing time with Kelly Olynyk, who avoided being traded at the deadline.
It was also reported that Olynyk suffered a knee injury playing for Team Canada in preparation for the FIBA World Cup. X rays were negative.
With the recent injuries being reported, it might be a good thing that Adebayo has his full focus on the upcoming 2019-20 season.