LAS VEGAS — Warriors forward David Lee withdrew from the USA national team training camp roster that was announced Monday while recovering from “very minor” surgery a few weeks ago to address a core muscle injury, according to the Warriors.
The Warriors expect Lee to be fully recovered in early August, but according to the team, he does not want to a rush his return to the floor.
“He’s fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday, adding Lee had been working out.
Lee, 31, underwent a surgery for the third consecutive offseason. He had procedures to repair a torn right hip flexor in 2013 and torn abdominal and abductor muscles in 2012.
Lee, who averaged 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, joined teammate Andre Iguodala in missing the USA Basketball training camp due to injury. Iguodala is recovering from right knee tendinitis and sidelined after having an injection.
The Warriors are the only team with more than one player on the national team roster participating in the July 28-Aug. 1 training camp at UNLV, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson among the 19 players expected to compete for spots on the American’s FIBA World Cup team.