Team USA: Two Boston Celtics Decline Minicamp Invitations

BOSTON - DECEMBER 03: Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics congratulates teammate Rajon Rondo #9 after Rondo was pulled from the game late in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers on December 3, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Pacers 114-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Chris LucasCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

Although secrecy revolves around those who received invitations to the Team USA Minicamps this June in Las Vegas, it has been confirmed that Kendrick Perkins, Glen "Big Baby" Davisand Rajon Rondo have all received invitations to participate.

While the status of Big Baby Davis is unknown, Perkins and Rondo have both declined to participate in the minicamps.

The reason?

Perkins is getting married on July 25 to his long time girlfriend in Houston, Texas. Rondo is one of his groomsmen.

While Jerry Colangelo boasts 19 confirmations to attend the minicamps, he has refused to reveal the full list of invitees or confirmations.

Leaked through other sources however, current confirmations are Trailblazers' Brandon Roy, Greg Oden,and LaMarcus Aldridge, Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo, and a pair of past Rookies of the Year in Thunder's Kevin Durant and Bulls' Derrick Rose.

Larry Bird stated recently that Pacers superstar Danny Granger had accepted an invitation to the camps.

The minicamps will consist of several days of team meetings, practices and end with a Blue versus White scrimmage on the final day.

Those NBA players that attend June 22-25 will compete for spots on the 2010 USA team that will compete in the World Championships in Turkey.


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