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Spurs’ Splitter, Leonard to particpate in FIBA play this summer

SAN ANTONIO – Moments after the San Antonio Spurs came off the barges at the Riverwalk, from their championship parade Wednesday, Spurs center Tiago Splitter and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard spoke with the media.

In Splitter and Leonard’s media sessions, both players confirmed to Project Spurs, they plan on representing their countries in FIBA play this summer.

“Yes, I will,” confirmed Splitter of playing for Brazil at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this August.

“Yeah, that’s the plan,” said Leonard of trying to make the roster for Team USA in Las Vegas this summer. “Right now, I’m just going to rest and take it slow. But when that time comes, I’ll be ready.”

Unlike Splitter, Leonard will have to try and earn a spot on the United States National team from a group of 25-top American players. Forwards Leonard will battle with for a spot include MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, and Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors.

Boris Diaw confirmed to Project Spurs he would also play for Team France on Sunday, while both Patty Mills and Aron Baynes confirmed they’ll be playing for Australia as well.

Tuesday, Manu Ginobili said he would make a decision about playing for Argentina by the end of the week.

The FIBA World Cup will officially begin on August 30, and end on September 14, for the two teams that make it to the final game.

Paul Garcia

About Paul Garcia

Paul is a San Antonio Spurs credentialed media member for Project Spurs. He covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX, and the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals. Paul has been featured on WOAI, Fox 29, and numerous nationwide radio shows.