With Paul George injured and Kevin Durant pulling out of competition, Team USA found themselves with a hole on the wing for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. So, the decision was made to bring in Rudy Gay.
The managing director of basketball operations, Jerry Colangelo, posted on the team's website, saying"I received a call last night indicating that Rudy was available to join the National Team if Coach K [head coach Mike Krzyzewski] and I felt he could help. We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program. Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 World Championship Team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball National Team."
In comments made to ESPN, Gay expressed his sense of honor and pride to play for Team USA, saying, ""I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition. I can't wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain."
Over his seven year's in the NBA, the former UConn star has averaged 18.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg. He is coming off his second career season averaging over 20 ppg. DeMar Derozan, KLay Thompson, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward are the other wing players vying for roster spots. At 6'8", with a developed inside-outside game, Gay will be able to play the 3 or the 4 in the international game, an added layer that should give him inside position to making the team.
Gay can be joined by another former Husky, Andre Drummond. The second year center for the Detroit Pistons has a chance to represent the United States at the FIBA World Cup. UConn has a long list of players who have played in big international tournaments, including Emeka Okafor at the 2004 Olympics, Ray Allen at the 2000 Olympics for Team USA. Gay has previously played in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.