Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox unexpectedly withdrew from Team USA before the group flew to Australia.
After all of the player departures - most recently P.J. Tucker on Friday - Team USA is down to 14 players.
Tucker, a 34-year-old veteran of five global seasons, suffered a left ankle sprain during practice. A few others left the team due to injuries or injury concerns. "Right now we're just focused on the guys who are here".
Gregg Popovich's men led by double digits for most of the second half, before Spain rallied behind a 12-2 run to cut the lead to eight points, until a Joe Harris three-pointer kick-started an 8-0 run for the United States of America to regain control of the contest.
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Team USA will face Australia next, on August 22nd. "As long as we do that, we can kind of stay on his good side".
Then Fox changed ultimately changed his mind, and became the latest player to pull out of World Cup consideration. They will have to cut down two more spots before the World Cup, but all the remaining players are expected to travel to Australia.
There's a chance injuries sustained by Smart in Team USA training camp could recur and force the issue for Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich but the Texas native is giving every indication he's ready to play, at least for now.
Remaining candidates include Sacramento's Harrison Barnes, a member of the 2016 Rio Olympic gold medal squad, and Boston's Kemba Walker, the only one of 11 USA players on All-NBA teams this past season among the hopefuls.
Other squad members are Boston's Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum; Milwaukee's Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton; Brooklyn's Joe Harris, Utah's Donovan Mitchell, Indiana's Myles Turner, Denver's Mason Plumlee, San Antonio's Derrick White and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers.