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DeRozan and Parsons join US World Cup training camp

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(Reuters) - Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks were added to the USA Basketball player pool on Monday that will battle for places on the United States World Cup squad.

DeRozan and Parsons join a list that already included the National Basketball Association's (NBA) reigning most valuable player (MVP) Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But it does not include four-time MVP LeBron James, who last week left the Miami Heat to join the Cleveland Cavaliers and who turned down an invitation to take part in the World Cup.

The reigning Olympic and world champions will also head to Spain without free agent Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, who signed with the New York Knicks on Sunday.

A total of 19 players will take part in a training camp in Las Vegas from July 28 to August 1 before the 12-man squad is selected.

All 19 players boast prior USA Basketball experience. The pool includes four members of the gold medal winning 2012 Olympic team and five members of the 2010 world championship squad.

"This group possesses outstanding individual talents, while also boasting excellent versatility and varying amounts of USA Basketball experience," said U.S. team managing director Jerry Colangelo, who has seen Team USA compile a 62-1 record since taking charge of the program in 2005.

"The Las Vegas training camp will be the start of our preparations for the World Cup, so this is a critical time for putting in place the foundation required for this USA Basketball team to be successful like its recent predecessors.

"This USA team will have a special opportunity to become the first USA team to repeat as world champions."

The World Cup is scheduled for August 30-September 14 in Spain and will feature 24 countries with the U.S. slotted into Group C for preliminary round play against Finland, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, editing by Tony Goodson)

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