Reports: Forward Kelly Olynyk out for Canada at upcoming FIBA World Cup | CHAT News Today| Medicine Hat, Southern Alberta

With Olynyk out, guard Cory Joseph and centre Khem Birch are the only NBAers who will suit up for Canada at the World Cup.

Olynyk is expected to be ready to play for the Miami Heat by the start of the NBA season.

He averaged 10 points, 1.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game last season for Miami.

Canada will play host Australia in two exhibitions on Friday and Saturday and New Zealand twice (Aug. 20-21). They wrap up their exhibition schedule Aug. 26 versus the United States before flying to China for the World Cup.

The Canadians tip off the World Cup on Sept. 1 versus Australia in Dongguan, China, and with a top-eight showing would play right up until Sept. 14 or 15 — a couple of weeks before NBA teams open training camps.

The World Cup has huge ramifications for the national program, as the top seven finishers qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Teams who don’t qualify are relegated to last-chance qualifying tournaments next summer.




The Canadian Press

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