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Competition for Team USA's point guard spots to heat up at Vegas mini-camp

Marc J. Spears
Yahoo Sports

Seven point guards are expected to be in the group of 24 players invited to USA Basketball's offseason mini-camp in July, including Portland's Damian Lillard and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, the NBA's recent Rookie of the Year winners.

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Kyrie Irving is expected to compete this summer at a Team USA mini-camp. (USA Today Sports)

The crop of point guards also includes Ty Lawson, John Wall and Kemba Walker who have already accepted invitations to attend the camp in Las Vegas on July 22-25. The Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley and the Indiana Pacers' George Hill, each involved in the NBA playoffs, will likely get invites.

USA Basketball officials want a strong look at these players for consideration for the 2014 World Championships in Spain and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Their decision will be tough if they still get interest from veterans Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

[Related: Coach K, Duke get a boost from Team USA]

Golden State's Stephen Curry wasn't invited to the mini-camp, but he is expected to get national team consideration since officials have seen enough of his play, according to a source. Curry was on the 2010 World Championship team.

The Las Vegas mini-camp will culminate with a public intra-squad scrimmage on July 25.

Related coverage on Yahoo! Sports:
Nate McMillan won't return as Team USA assistant
Photo gallery on Coach K's run with Team USA
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to coach Team USA through 2016

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