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2014 USA Basketball: Cuts possible after Wednesday's exhibition with Dominican Republic

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USA Basketball could make another round of cuts as soon as Thursday following Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic.

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USA Basketball takes the court again Wednesday night when they face the Dominican Republic in an exhibition game in preparation for the FIBA World Cup. While the game is another tune up for the FIBA World Cup which begins on August 30, it may be the last action a few players see before additional roster cuts are announced as soon as Thursday.

Not a lot has changed since the last time we took a look at the roster situation. The team did add Rudy Gay to the mix following the withdrawal of Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins is trying to shake off a knee injury but has been limited in action over the last week.

Atlanta's Kyle Korver remains in the mix for one of the final roster spots. Six players appear to have nailed down spots on the roster leaving 10 others, including Atlanta's Kyle Korver, competing for the final six. Those that look to have spots in place are Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kenneth Faried, James Harden, Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving.

Several decisions will impact the make up of the rest of the roster. How many centers will the team carry behind Davis? Cousins' chances at making the roster improved when Durant withdrew but the knee has slowed him and Mason Plumlee is still firmly in the mix. Andre Drummond at this point looks to be on the outside looking in.

Also the team has three players in Rose, Curry and Irving that can play the point guard position and may not see the need in carrying a guy like Damian Lillard.

The most competition however, is coming at the wing position where Korver is among a group that also includes Chandler Parsons, Klay Thompson, Gordon Hayward and DeMar DeRozan. Neither Hayward, DeRozan or Drummond played in Team USA's exhibition win over Brazil which seems to signal that they have some ground to make up. If those three are cut then that leaves one additional cut to make and that will depend on whether the team wants to go small or big.

Wednesday's exhibition tips off at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBA TV. Atlanta's Al Horford is not playing for the Dominican Republic this summer as he continues to recover from a torn pectoral suffered last season.