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Lillard, Plumlee Not Among U.S. National Team Finalists

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The list of finalists for the United States Men's Basketball Team was released Monday, with Lillard and Plumlee not on it.

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The newest list of 30 finalists for the United States Men's Basketball team was released to the public on Monday. For the second time in a row, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was not on the list. Fellow Blazer Mason Plumlee was also left off, despite being on the last iteration of the roster. The selections, made by coaches Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, and Tom Thibodeau, as well as managing director Jerry Colangelo, are as follows:

Players that decline participation in the prior year's camp are typically not invited back the following year. Since Lillard declined invitation in 2015, his exclusion from the list is not entirely surprising.

Lillard is averaging 24.4 points and 7.0 assists this season for the Blazers, and holds career averages of 20.8 points and 6.2 assists.  The potential guards selected in his stead include Beal, Curry, DeRozan, Harden, Thompson, Irving, Paul, Wall, and Westbrook.

Plumlee was also not on the list. With Krzyzewski (Plumlee's coach at Duke) taking a smaller role, there is speculation that Plumlee was dropped accordingly.

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