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CJ McCollum invited to join Team USA Basketball Select Team

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CJ McCollum will scrimmage against the USA Basketball Men's National Team this summer.

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum has been invited to join the USA Basketball Select Team, according to Chris Haynes of cleveland.com.

Players named to the select team do not represent the USA in international competition, but instead scrimmage and train against the USA Basketball Mens National Team that does travel to the Olympics, World Championships and other tournaments.

However, being named to the select team is sometimes a precursor to being considered for the national team in future years. Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and others have all played for the select team and gone on to be finalists for the national team.

Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is one of 31 finalists competing for 12 spots on the 2016 national team.