The NBA MVP is the latest star to withdraw from Team USA, following Kevin Love.
Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant has withdrawn from Team USA's FIBA World Cup roster.
ESPN's Marc Stein first tweeted that the NBA MVP would pull out of the tournament, which will be held in Spain on from August 30th until September 14th.
Hearing Kevin Durant is poised to announce his withdrawal from Team USA's World Cup trip to Spain. NOT Paul George related, I'm told— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 7, 2014
Durant, I'm told, will cite mental and physical exhaustion when the decision to leave Team USA for this summer is made official— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 7, 2014
Durant is coming off a tough season with the Thunder, where he was relied upon to carry the team to the playoffs with point guard Russell Westbrook out injured for long stretches.
His withdrawal leaves Team USA dangerously short of talent at the small forward position, after Paul George suffered a horrific broken leg in a team scrimmage.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski must choose from Chandler Parsons, DeMar DeRozan and Gordon Hayward to take the starting spot on the wing.
The United States will also miss Durant's versatility, as he is capable of shifting to the four in small-ball lineups. Parsons should be able to fill that role, but he is nowhere near the four-time scoring champion offensively.
Travelling to Spain and winning the World Cup against the likes of the Gasol brothers was never going to be an easy task for Team USA. With Durant's withdrawal, Coach K's team has a real mountain to climb.
Can Team USA win the FIBA World Cup without Kevin Durant?