Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team Blue guard Derrick Rose (41) shoots the ball during the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

USA basketball will start Rose, Curry, Harden and Davis Saturday

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With Paul George and Kevin Durant out and Lebron James not playing, the USA Basketball squad has fewer options at the starting role.

But fewer options, doesn’t mean better options.

In a report on Thursday, it was said the Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski will start Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis with one more player to be decided.

This report comes from Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears on Twitter on Thursday.

Rose’s great play so far has led him over Kyrie Irving and Coach K has indicated Davis would be the starting center from the beginning and now that DeMarcus Cousins may be out with a knee injury, it’s 100 percent.

The question of the four-man still remains. Options for Coach K include Rudy Gay, Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward. But also, Coach K could put Pistons center Andre Drummond at the power forward spot despite being a listed center. Drummond had to share big man roles with Greg Monroe all year in Detroit and is plenty used to it by now. Coach K will probably prefer someone more versatile at the position, however.

The U.S. will take on Brazil in an exhibition game on Saturday before the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) in Spain that starts on Aug. 30 where the U.S. will first take on Finland. 

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Tags: Anthony Davis DeMarcus Cousins Derrick Rose James Harden Kevin Durant Mike Krzyzewski Paul George Stephen Curry Usa Basketball

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