Jeremy Lin may not have made it back in time to keep the Knicks afloat in the NBA playoffs, but he's found a valuable role with the USA basketball team this summer, according to the official team site.

Lin headlines a group picked by the coaches to scrimmage against the gold medal hopeful first team when camp gets underway in Las Vegas in early July.

Joining Lin will be Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic / California); DeJuan Blair (San Antonio Spurs / Pittsburgh); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings / Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors / USC); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz / Georgia Tech); Paul George (Indiana Pacers / Fresno State); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls / USC); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz / Butler); Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs / San Diego State); Jeremy Lin (New York Knicks / Harvard); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors / Washington State); and John Wall (Washington Wizards / Kentucky).

Whether Lin will actually play is probably another matter. The point guard is now a free agent, and much like Deron Williams of the first team, his involvement with Team USA may depend on whether his contract status for the following season has been sorted out. Suffering an injury while unsigned would be an unfortunate turn after setting the world on fire with the Knicks, but being a part of the Team USA camp would also be a significant career milestone.

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