John Wall's chances with Team USA improve

John Wall's chances with Team USA improve
May 23, 2014, 11:30 am
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(Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

Deron Williams' ankles aren't holding up so he's getting surgery on both Tuesday. The Brooklyn Nets expect him to be ready for training camp, but this puts him out of the mix, at least in the short term, for USA Basketball training camp that starts in July.

Does that create a spot for John Wall, who wasn't chosen as part of the original 28-player pool along with Wizards teammate Bradley Beal? 

Wall was an All-Star for the first time this season. Williams wasn't. Wall put up better numbers. Wall also led his team deeper into the postseason. Coupled with Derrick Rose's recovery from a knee injury that forced him to miss most of the season, there could be room for Wall to train with Team USA in Las Vegas after the NBA's summer league. 

There also will be exhibition games and camps in Chicago and New York as the team gears up for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain this summer and then the 2016 Olympics. 

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USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo already left the door open for Wall's addition at some point. Much like it is for U.S. Soccer when it goes through the qualification process for selecting a final roster for the World Cup, the player pool is fluid. Additions and deletions will occur throughout the process.

Williams has been slipping for a while. He has had blood platelet and cortisone injections. This surgery will remove a bone chip from the right one and clean out the left. 

The Wizards won all three meetings against Brooklyn this season, and Wall dominated his matchup with Williams who had ankle issues dating to the preseason. 

Wall actually making the USA roster, which is stacked with point guards, is a long shot with Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook on board. 

Still, getting a chance to prove himself would have to be seen as progress.