Australia have suffered another massive blow ahead of the FIBA World Cup, with Jonah Bolden to return to Philadelphia due to personal reasons.
Late on Sunday, Basketball Australia confirmed the Boomers forward would miss the upcoming exhibition games against Team USA at Marvel Stadium as well as the upcoming World Cup in China.
The Boomers coaching panel will decide on a replacement player for Bolden in coming days.
Australian coach Andrej Lemanis said he supported Bolden's decision.
"My first thought is always with the player in these situations - having to withdraw from the national team is tough for anyone," he said.
"From a team perspective, the timing is sub-optimal, but again, we are very fortunate to have the depth of talent we have in this country available to take up this opportunity. Whilst it can feel like we need to make a quick decision, the most important thing is to bring in the player that best compliments the other skill sets we have on the team.
"The Canada series has allowed us to understand a little more about who we are as a team and we need to consider all available players to ensure we add the appropriate set of skills that match the needs of the team."
In the two-match Canada series, Australia recovered from an embarrassing 20-point thrashing to a third-string outfit in game one with a 81-73 follow-up victory on Saturday night in Perth.
Bolden was a standout in the second match, with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.
A huge challenge awaits the Boomers against the USA boasting a roster brimming with NBA talent.
The Boomers travel to Melbourne for games against the two-time reigning World Cup champions on August 22 and 24 in their last warm-ups before heading to China.