The NBA Lockout has forced many International Federations including Canadian National Basketball Team head coach Leo Rautins to get creative with his roster selection.
Team Canada Basketball must come up with insurance money for all Canadians playing in the NBA.
Canada Basketball is currently in better financial shape, thanks in part to a strong partnerships from corporate support and the Toronto Raptors.
A deal is currently in the last stages to ensure that Joseph will join the Canadian Team at Ryerson University in Toronto for training camp
Joseph is familiar with National program and has played in two World Championships, 2007 and 2009.
Having Joseph in the lineup will certainly help Canada as it attempts to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London England.
The Spurs and head coach Greg Popovich certainly will be happy to see their young point guard earn more experience and develop while the NBA lockout is still in place.
Joseph will certainly make a case for a starting point guard position. Coach Rautins will have to make some tough decisions as who to keep as the third point guard as well.
Jermaine Anderson who took over the point guard duties after Steve Nash called it quits returns for another season with the program and is the front-runner for the starting spot.
Joseph averaged 13.6 points in 30.0 minutes per game while shooting 53.9 percent (41-of-76) from three-point range at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships.
Because of the current lockout, a lot of NBA players have considered to either play overseas for the mean time or represent their home countries for the Olympic qualifiers.
The Spurs have four players that could possibly play for their home countries this summer.
Tiago Splitter is already fully insured and will play for Team Brazil, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are close to getting insurance from their respective national teams, and now Joseph.
Team Canada opens up play with a European Tour on (July 24 – August 5) against France, Italy, and the Czech Republic.