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Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Gordon Hayward insists there’s ‘no pressure now’

Despite the expectations that come with a $63 million contract, the swingman says he is feeling fine.



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At a glance

2014 Team USA candidates

The following 19 players are competing for 12 spots on Team USA’s entry in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup:

Point guards » Stephen Curry (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Damian Lillard (Portland), Derrick Rose (Chicago), John Wall (Washington).

Wings » Bradley Beal (Washington), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Paul George (Indiana), James Harden (Oklahoma City), Kyle Korver (Atlanta), Chandler Parsons (Dallas), Klay Thompson (Golden State).

Big men » DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver), Paul Millsap (Atlanta).

Note » Others listed on the 2014-16 roster in advance of the Olympics include LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Carmelo Anthony (New York), Tyson Chandler (Dallas), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), Dwight Howard (Houston), Andre Iguodala (Golden State), LeBron James (Cleveland), David Lee (Golden State), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), Deron Williams (Brooklyn).

International experience

Prior to his sophomore year at Butler University, Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward played for the U.S. team that went 9-0 in the 2009 FIBA U-19 World Championships in New Zealand. Hayward averaged 10.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, shooting 47.5 percent from the field.

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