Canada Basketball has announced that Jamal Murray will not participate in Canada’s exhibition matches leading up to the FIBA Men’s World Cup.
In a statement released on Monday morning, Canada Basketball revealed that Jamal Murray, a prominent player from the Denver Nuggets, has decided not to take part in Canada’s exhibition matches. Instead, he will focus on his recovery during the off-season, and a decision about his availability for the tournament will be made at a later time.
Murray’s withdrawal comes less than two months after the conclusion of his NBA season, during which the Denver Nuggets secured their first championship title in franchise history in June.
Additionally, forward Oshae Brissett has been ruled out of participating in the World Cup following a consultation with the team’s medical staff. Guards Cory Joseph and Kassius Robertson also did not join the team and will not compete in the tournament as they are preparing for their upcoming seasons.
Canada’s schedule includes a match against Germany on Wednesday in Berlin, followed by a trip to Hamburg for the 34th Basketball Supercup. The semi-finals will see Canada face off against New Zealand on Saturday, leading to the finals on Sunday.
Following these events, Canada will travel to Spain for a two-game exhibition series on August 17–18. The team is set to compete against the hosts and defending FIBA Men’s World Cup champions, Spain, on August 17, followed by a match against the Dominican Republic the next day.
The FIBA Men’s World Cup is scheduled to take place from August 25 to September 10, offering a chance to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Canada aims to secure qualification by achieving a top-two finish among the Americas teams.