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DeMarcus Cousins injured in Team USA practice; could Andre Drummond make squad?

Could an injury open up a spot for Andre Drummond to make the roster? Exhibition schedule for Aug. 16 in Chicago.

Ethan Miller

Nobody ever wants to make a team because the person in front of you got injured, but that might the case for Andre Drummond in his quest to make the U.S. Men's National Team roster.

In the team's first practice since the horrific injury of Paul George, Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins suffered an injury while diving for a loose ball, according to reports. He had to be helped off the court and appeared to favor his right leg.

Director of Team USA Jerry Colangelo said Cousins will have a precautionary MRI on his leg and it is too soon to say how long Cousins will be out, but he has already been ruled out of Saturday's exhibition game against Brazil.

Drummond has been considered the odd man out among big men looking to make the roster. The only person penciled in is Anthony Davis. Competing to be a backup center are Drummond, Cousins and Miles Plumlee. Cousins and Plumlee seemed to have a better shot at making the team and it is unknown whether coach Mike  Krzyzewski will opt to have one or two reserve centers.

Already, big men Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge have withdrawn from roster consideration as well as Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.

Including Cousins, there are currently 15 candidates to make the 12-man roster with a final decision expected near the end of the month. After Saturday's game against Brazil, the team will play the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 and Puerto Rico on Aug. 22.