Knicks wing Josh Hart has committed to play for Team USA for the 2023 World Cup, which kicks off next month, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Hart confirmed the news by tweeting out American flag emojis.
As Wojnarowski notes, Hart will be the final addition to the 12-man roster that also features his Knicks teammate, Jalen Brunson. The other 10 players who have committed to play are Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, Austin Reaves, Paolo Banchero, Mikal Bridges, Brandon Ingram, Jaren Jackson Jr., Cameron Johnson, Walker Kessler and Bobby Portis, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN (via Twitter).
Hart unexpectedly exercised his $12.96MM player option for 2023/24, forgoing free agency. It seems likely that he’ll sign a long-term deal with New York once he becomes extension-eligible in August.
In 76 games (32.3 MPG) with the Trail Blazers and Knicks last season, the 28-year-old averaged 9.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.2 APG and 1.2 SPG on a .529/.372/.750 shooting line. He’ll bring plenty of energy and toughness to Team USA this summer.
The Americans will start training camp for the World Cup in early August, with their first game scheduled later that month in the Philippines.