Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has said that he is “definitely open” to the idea of playing for Team USA at the 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Williams, who won two Olympic gold medals with the national team in 2008 and this past summer in London has caught the national bug and is not ruling out the idea of playing in Spain in two years time.
The guard has also not ruled himself out of playing at the Rio Olympics in what would be his third Games. USA team-mate LeBron James has also expressed an interest in playing in Brazil in 2016.
“I’ll be 32, so I’m not going to be too old,” Williams told the Associated Press. “[Jason] Kidd was 36 the last time we did it, so I could play two more essentially. But we’ll see, we’ll see what happens. Four years is a long ways off.”
Team USA have qualified for the 2014 World Cup of Basketball, formally named the world championship and Williams believes that the World Cup is a big deal. He pulled out of the team that won the title in Turkey in 2010.
“They’re starting to try to put emphasis on it and make it more important, he said. “It’s definitely important. I think the world championship is great. It’s not the Olympics, but it’s a big deal.”