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MELBOURNE, Australia — USA Basketball said Saturday that Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has a left ankle injury that will keep him from playing in the FIBA World Cup.

Kuzma's absence finalized the U.S. roster for the tournament, which starts Aug. 31 in China. The Americans had 13 players and needed to get down to 12 for the World Cup.

Kuzma was initially ruled out of USA Basketball's 98-94 exhibition loss Saturday against Australia with left ankle soreness.

Kuzma told team officials Saturday morning the ankle was sore, and it was decided to hold him out for precautionary reasons. Kuzma had 12 points in the Americans' 102-86 win Thursday against Australia, going 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

But after the game, the team said it was determined Kuzma's injury would keep him from playing.

The final U.S. roster:

Guards — Joe Harris (Brooklyn), Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Marcus Smart (Boston), Kemba Walker (Boston) and Derrick White (San Antonio).

Forwards — Harrison Barnes (Sacramento), Jaylen Brown (Boston), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee) and Jayson Tatum (Boston).

Centers — Brook Lopez (Milwaukee), Mason Plumlee (Denver) and Myles Turner (Indiana).

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