The Kings could have a pretty big presence in China later this summer.
🇷🇸 ВЕЛЦОМЕ ХОМЕ 🇷🇸@LeaderOfHorde and @NemanjaBjelica are reppin' Serbia in this year's FIBA World Cup 🔥 » https://t.co/IY8nzPEj1q pic.twitter.com/fnkixPAIqn— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 12, 2019
Bogdanovic and Bjelica are two of 34 players competing for a spot on the Serbian, while Barnes and 19 other Americans will try to impress legendary coach Gregg Popovich for 12 spots on Team USA.
All three have (at least) a decent chance of representing their countries when the World Cup tips off in late August. Bogdanovic helped lead the Serbs to a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while Bjelica won't have much NBA competition at his position. Barnes will face a stiffer challenge, but his experience winning a gold medal as a reserve in Rio could give him a leg up, as USA Basketball tends to value players who have national-team experience. If -- or how -- that changes under Popovich remains to be seen.
Barnes might not the only King at USA Basketball's Aug. 5-9 training camp in Las Vegas. Young big man Marvin Bagley III reportedly is expected to be there as a member of the Select Team.