Canada invites Barrett, Murray to FIBA camp, but Wiggins absent
Michael Reaves / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Canada Basketball announced Tuesday a list of 29 players invited to the team's training camp in Toronto in August ahead of the FIBA World Cup later this summer.

New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett and Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray headline the group, which also contains NBA veterans Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, and Kelly Olynyk.

One name notably absent, however, is that of 2014 first overall pick Andrew Wiggins. Team Canada general manager Rowan Barrett told a conference call Tuesday that Wiggins didn't "feel like this is the right time for him ... we have to respect that and move forward."

The Minnesota Timberwolves forward has turned down the opportunity to play for his country in recent events, though Barrett said in June that Wiggins was committed to representing Canada at the upcoming tournament. The 24-year-old last played for the senior side at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship.

Of the 29 players invited to Canada's training camp, only 12 will make the final squad.

"Being asked to represent your country is a tremendous honor and we're excited about the group of athletes that we have invited to training camp next month in Toronto," Barrett said in a statement. "These athletes demonstrate the depth of talent we now have in our country, as we prepare to meet the challenge of the FIBA Basketball World Cup."

Canada's training camp will take place Aug. 4-6 at the Toronto Raptors' OVO Athletic Centre. The team is scheduled to compete in exhibition games against Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States before flying out to China for the tournament. Canada plays its first FIBA World Cup contest against Australia on Sept. 1.

List of 29 invitees:

Player Team
Nickeil Alexander-Walker New Orleans Pelicans
R.J. Barrett New York Knicks
Aaron Best Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)
Khem Birch Orlando Magic
Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors
Oshae Brissett Syracuse Orange (NCAA)
Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies
Aaron Doornekamp Valencia Basket (Spain)
Luguentz Dort Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder
Melvin Ejim BC UNICS (Russia)
Brady Heslip Istanbul BBSK (Turkey)
Cory Joseph Sacramento Kings
Mfiondu Kabengele Los Angeles Clippers
Naz Mitrou-Long Salt Lake City Stars (G League)
Trey Lyles San Antonio Spurs
Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
Andrew Nembhard Florida Gators (NCAA)
Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat
Kevin Pangos FC Barcelona Basketball (Spain)
Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks
Phil Scrubb Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Thomas Scrubb Openjobmetis Varese (Italy)
Marial Shayok Philadelphia 76ers
Andy Rautins Bahcesehir Koleji Istanbul (Turkey)
Nik Stauskas Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Wiltjer Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
Canada invites Barrett, Murray to FIBA camp, but Wiggins absent
  Got something to say? Leave a comment below!
Daily Newsletter
Get the latest trending sports news daily in your inbox