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USA Basketball cuts Jeff Green, trims roster to 13

Thunder forward Jeff Green was cut from Team USA on Sunday along with Washington forward/center JaVale McGee.
By The Associated Press Modified: August 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm •  Published: August 15, 2010
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NEW YORK — The United States has reduced its roster to 13 players, cutting Jeff Green and JaVale McGee.

USA Basketball made the moves Sunday before it played France in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden. Cutting McGee leaves Tyson Chandler as the only true center on the American roster.

Neither Green, an Oklahoma City Thunder forward, nor McGee played in the U.S. scrimmage against China on Saturday.

The Americans will bring the 13 remaining players when they leave for Europe on Monday. They must cut one more before the world championships start Aug. 28 in Turkey.

The remaining Oklahoma City players on the roster are forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook.

Team officials previously said they might bring all 15 to Europe, but USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says having fewer players will help in the team's final preparations.