Anthony Davis is in line to sport the red, white and blue again this summer.
The Pelicans’ 21-year-old standout forward was among the 19 players selected Monday for the U.S. national team. He’s one of only four holdovers — joining Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and James Harden — from the 2012 Olympics in London.
He also joins Pelicans coach Monty Williams, who’s an assistant to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on the U.S. team. Players will report to training camp in Las Vegas on July 28, with the roster cut to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain tips off in late August.
While Davis’ presence on the preliminary roster was anything but a surprise, seeing Derrick Rose’s name in the mix was. The Chicago Bulls star will try to show he’s recovered from his latest knee surgery.
“We’d like to see him play like the Derrick of old, because he’s one of the best players in the world, an MVP in the NBA,” Krzyzewski said. “What we’ve heard is that he’s in great shape.”
The new additions to the roster are Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas. The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the roster could be trimmed to 15 after the camp in Las Vegas, with the final 12 selected before the Americans depart for Spain.
The Americans previously announced a 28-player pool in January, though it was planned that players such as two-time Olympic champions LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul would sit out this summer and perhaps come back at the 2016 Summer Games.
“To maintain the continuity, we need turnover in every competition so that players who aspire to represent the USA on the national team level have a real opportunity,” Colangelo said.
Also missing from the original pool is NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio and Portland All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
Report: Salmons to sign
ESPN reported John Salmons will sign with the Pelicans.
The swingman, 34, was traded from Toronto to Atlanta during the draft, then was waived by the Hawks to clear salary-cap space. He had been due $7 million next season.
Salmons averaged 5.2 points and 1.9 assists in 78 games with the Sacramento Kings and Raptors last season.