The Atlanta Hawks are one of 10 teams in the NBA that will not have a representative at the USA Basketball mini camp taking place at the Mendenhall Center on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) later this month.
Thirty-five players, including Golden State Warrior guard Klay Thompson (teammate Steph Curry will not be attending mini camp), Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and forward Myles Turner, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (fresh off turning down a four-year extension), and Washington Wizards backcourt John Wall and Bradley Beal, to name a few, will be on hand for the three-day camp.
San Antonio Spurs head coach and Team USA head coach Greg Popovich and his staff will ultimately whittle down that group to a 12-man roster that will first play in the 2019 World Cup in China before preparing for and playing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Newly signed Denver Nuggets point guard Isaiah Thomas is also invited to the mini camp despite missing half of the 2017-18 season. Thomas signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Denver on Friday.
This past season Atlanta failed to have an all-star for the first time in a half dozen seasons following the departures of forwards Al Horford before the 2016-17 season and Paul Millsap a season later. Both players participated in four all-star games for the Hawks, respectively.