Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard and San Antonio Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan are reportedly set to withdraw from Team USA training camp ahead of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The Houston Rockets' James Harden and Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson, Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, Philadelphia 76ers' Tobias Harris and Blazers' CJ McCollum previously withdrew from camp.
That doesn't even include superstars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard, who weren't on the provisional roster.
Although American basketball depth is unmatched—Team USA is still a sizable -400 favorite to win the FIBA World Cup, per OddsChecker—it's getting to the point where the team could be seriously tested in China, especially in the knockout stages.
It's the first tournament under head coach Gregg Popovich of the Spurs, who's taken the reins from longtime Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
In February, Popovich said he wouldn't spend the NBA season trying to convince the league's top American players to represent the country during the offseason.
"I just think that would be inappropriate for me before games to go up to one or two guys on each team and say, 'Hey, are you going to play for us this summer? I'd really like to have you,'" he told reporters. "He's there to try to whip (us). He's got a different priority that night, and I think it would be inappropriate for me try to do that."
The top two finishers from the Americas in the World Cup will earn qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
It's unclear if the level of participation among the NBA's elite players will be higher for the Olympic team.