National Basketball Association rules out Jordan Clarkson for Asian Games

Jordan Clarkson unlikely to play for Philippines in Asian Games, will play in FIBA qualifying

Jordan Clarkson unlikely to play for Philippines in Asian Games, will play in FIBA qualifying

The fairy tale for the entire Filipino nation of having Fil-American Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson participate in the national team's upcoming Asian tournament has finally reached its bitter end.

It's official: Jordan Clarkson will not suit up for the Philippine men's basetball team in the 2018 Asian Games.

"The NBA's agreement with FIBA stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions, and associated qualifying tournaments", read the statement, per Charmie Lising of ESPN5.

Guiao said he was willing to take a risk for a chance to include Clarkson in the lineup but the risk did not pay off with the National Basketball Association not giving him the go-signal.

In a statement released on Sunday, NBA spokesperson Tim Frank said Clarkson can not participate in the upcoming games due to an existing agreement of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) with the league's players.

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In September, when the next round of FIBA World Cup qualifying gets underway, a number of NBA players will be playing for their respective national teams for a couple of games.

In September, the US will be represented by G-League players coached by Jeff Van Gundy for its qualifying games (the Asia and Americas qualifying are separate events).

With this, the Philippines will have to field Don Trollano as the 12th man for the Philippines.

The current squad is made up of Rain or Shine's core of Chris Tiu, Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, James Yap, and Gabe Norwood. Gilas are set to fly out tonight for Jakarta, Indonesia.

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