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John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Millsap officially cut from Team USA

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Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, are the first cuts from Team USA, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

Reports emerged Monday night that the trio would be the initial cuts.

Team USA's roster now stands at 16 players after the cuts and the injury to Indiana Pacers forward Paul George. While the roster for the FIBA World Cup doesn't officially have to be turned in until Aug. 29, Team USA is expected to get down to the mandated 12-player roster by the time it leaves for the Spain-hosted tournament Aug. 23.

Guards currently vying for roster spots include Stephen CurryDerrick RoseJames HardenKyrie IrvingDamian Lillard, Klay Thompson and DeMar DeRozan. Wings include Kevin DurantKyle KorverChandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward, and big men include Anthony DavisDeMarcus CousinsAndre DrummondKenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee.

More: Paul George's injury shouldn't stop stars from playing for Team USA

Curry, Rose, Harden, Durant and Davis are considered locks to make the team.

Currently on a break, Team USA resumes practices next week in Chicago. The World Cup begins Aug. 30. 

The state of the Eastern Conference after George's injury

On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writers Chris Mannix and Phil Taylor re-rank the Eastern Conference after Indiana Pacers star Paul George's injury.

- Ben Estes

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