No Jordan Clarkson for PH in Asian Games 2018

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson will not be suiting up for the Philippine men's basketball team in the 2018 Asian Games.

The Filipino-American failed to get clearance from the National Basketball Association (NBA) to represent the country in the quadrennial contest.

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

"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," the statement read. "Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players are unable to participate."

The NBA, however, clarified that the 26-year-old guard can still suit up for the national team in the aforementioned competitions.

"In accordance with NBA's agreement with FIBA, Jordan is welcome to represent the Philippines in the agreed-upon competitions," the statement added. 

Even pending clearance, Clarkson was named to the 12-man lineup of head coach Yeng Guiao's squad, which will don the national colors in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.

Maverick Ahanmisi, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Chris Tiu, Gabe Norwood, and James Yap of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters headline the roster.

Rounding up the list are Magnolia Hotshots' Paul Lee, Christian Standhardinger of the San Miguel Beermen, GlobalPort Batang Pier's Stanley Pringle, Poy Erram of the Blackwater Elite, and NLEX Road Warriors' Asi Taulava.

In the 2014 edition of the games, the national team wound up at seventh place after finishing with a 3-4 slate.