July 11, 2016, 6:05 am
According to sources, the decision to withdraw from the USA Basketball select team was made so that he could concentrate his efforts fully on the upcoming season. Thunder guard Victor Oladipo will be replacing him.
McCollum, who won the Most Improved award for the 2015-16 campaign, looks to improve on his breakout season and the decision to withdraw is understandable. The Blazers look to make the playoffs again and with teams like the Warriors, Spurs and Clippers at the top, they will need Lillard and McCollum to improve as much as possible in order to compete in the West.