Gordon Hayward chosen for initial 2014-2016 USA Men’s roster

Posted at 7:37 AM, Jan 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-23 09:37:09-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward will join the initial 2014-2016 USA Men’s Basketball Team roster.

USA Basketball officials announced their picks Thursday morning.

The 23-year-old Jazz star participated last July in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National team mini-camp. He was also one of six players chosen to train against the 2012 Olympic team.

The players selected for the 2014-2016 roster could get the chance to be on the 2014 World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 Olympic Team.

“Anytime you are chosen to represent your country it is a tremendous honor,” Hayward said. “I am very grateful for the invitation to continue my relationship with USA basketball and hope to make the most of my opportunity.”

Hayward currently leads the Jazz in scoring (17.3) and minutes (36.1).

In addition to Hayward, the other players selected to the USA National Team include: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Carmelo Anthony (New York), Bradley Beal (Washington), Tyson Chandler (New York), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Kenneth Faried (Denver), Paul George (Indiana), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), James Harden (Houston), Dwight Howard (Houston), Andre Iguodala (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), LeBron James (Miami), Kyle Korver (Atlanta), David Lee (Golden State); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Damian Lillard (Portland), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers), Derrick Rose (Chicago), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) and Deron Williams (Brooklyn).