Marc Spears of the Boston Globe is reporting that Brandon Roy has decided not to participate in next week's Team USA camp in Las Vegas...
Sources tell Globe Big Baby, B Roy, D West, D Lee and A Bynum out of USA camp next week in Vegas, Anthony Randolph in.
Full report here.
Here's a description of what B Roy's missing courtesy of USA Basketball...
The July USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp will feature practice sessions on July 23 and July 24 at Valley High School, and the mini-camp will be capped by the USA Basketball Showcase, a Blue-White intra-squad game, on Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m. (PDT) at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
The 5 year 80 million dollar speculative question that will surely be discussed: "Did Brandon pull out because he hasn't signed his extension yet?"
Certainly there's always the risk of injury. A more likely explanation is that the low-key, off-the-radar Roy simply decided the trip wasn't worth the hassle. Roy was the biggest name on the list of invitees and it's unclear what he had to prove or gain from participating. Of the 25 players invited Roy and Danny Granger were the only NBA All-Stars -- and Roy's been there twice.
LaMarcus Aldridge, who also has yet to sign his extension, is still planning on attending. And as I wrote last night, Jerryd Bayless and Greg Oden both still seem eager to participate.
-- Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Update: David West is also a 2 time All Star and is reported by Spears to have pulled out of the camp. For some reason his name wasn't on the list of players that had accepted an invitation to the camp. Not sure what's up with that.