BIG night for Chandler Parsons. ESPN has learned Parsons will be added to Team USA roster announced Monday by USA Basketball— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
According to Stein, Parsons will be one of nearly 30 American players competing for 12 roster spots for Team USA. The USA Men's National basketball team will be participating in the FIBA World Cup in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. From the Guardian Liberty Voice, here's the full roster:
There are currently 28 players on the 2014-2016 Team USA roster, including NBA All-Stars from both Western and Eastern conferences. Representing the Western Conference will be LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Gordon Hayward, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. The Eastern Conference will consist of Kyle Korver, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, and Deron Williams. Together, the 28 big-time NBA stars will take on Brazil's National Basketball Team.
Parsons joins Chandler as the second Maverick to be invited in the past five years. Jason Kidd participated with the Olympic team in 2008 the summer after he was traded to the team. Josh Howard was invited to participate in tryouts for the national team prior to the tournament of America's in 2007, which he declined.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is an outspoken opponent of NBA players participating in World Cup and Olympic events, but considering how many long-term friendships have been forged between superstar players since the rebirth of interest in USA Basketball, I expect him to say little with regards to Chandler's participation.