Rose would start at point guard, Curry at shooting guard, Harden at small forward and Davis at center in coach Mike Krzyzewski's favored small lineup.
Candidates for power forward include Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gay. Kevin Durant likely would've started at the spot had he not withdrawn, while Paul George was in line to start ahead of Harden had he not sustained the compound leg fracture that will likely sideline him for the entire 2014-15 NBA season.
After playing Brazil in Chicago, Team USA will play the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22 at Madison Square Garden before taking on Slovenia in Spain, site of the World Cup, on Aug. 26.
The World Cup begins Aug. 30. Team USA resumed training camp in Chicago on Thursday.
- Ben Estes