One of the scarce graces of a serious knee injury at the age of 20, of having patience forcefully wedged into his basketball experience, is that the downtime has given Exum a chance to ease the whole thing back, to watch and learn, to soak in his surroundings and to set his place in them. And that, along with healing, is exactly what the point guard has done. His mind, essentially, has caught up with his body, with where the hint and promise of his physical attributes have carried him. "It's given me an opportunity to kind of work on everything that I need to work on, and step back from the game and be able to learn," he said. "Being away from playing, and seeing the team, you get to kind of realize how we can get better."
Dante Exum — who tore his ACL last summer — is back to light running. He's doing ballhandling drills, and he's shooting with assistant coaches.
Though he didn’t get to participate in that fun Oahu adventure — and he’s obviously bummed to miss out on a full season of his basketball career — Exum is maintaining a positive attitude during what figures to be a lengthy rehabilitation process. “It’s been a long two months since I’ve done it,” he said, “but I’m on a good path now.”
Marc J. Spears: Jazz say guard Danté Exum had surgery today to repair the left knee ACL. A return timeline to activity will be established at a later date.
Gordon Hayward: On that note, I want to send my best wishes out to Danté Exum. He was playing with his Australian team when he suffered a knee injury, which is really unfortunate and pretty tough to hear about. You don’t want to see that happen to anybody, let alone one of your teammates. So it’s a tough situation. I reached out to him when I heard and I know he was pretty bummed and probably getting phone calls and text messages from everyone. So I just told him that we’re all here for him, and that sometimes, you’ve got to take a step backwards to take two forward.
While Exum is guaranteed to get another contract, Dellavedova is on a one-year, $1.6m deal which holds no guarantees of extension should he pick up a serious injury playing for the Boomers. Dellavedova said Exum's injury had not made him rethink his Boomers future, however: "Dante will be back stronger than ever from his injury, but nah, for me you can get injured playing pickup basketball anywhere. "You've obviously got to be smart and take care of yourself because you've only got a small window for your playing career, but you don't want to wrap yourself up in cotton wool either because this is what you play for, to play for the green and gold."
Exum suffered a left knee injury on Aug. 4 while competing for the Australian National Team in a game against the Slovenian National Team in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After returning to Salt Lake City, he underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at University of Utah Health Care’s Orthopaedic Center this morning. Following the examination, Jazz physicians Dr. Travis Maak and Dr. David Petron determined that Exum sustained a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.
Jazz teammate and fellow Boomer Joe Ingles spoke to Exum soon after he suffered the injury from Sydney. "He was obviously pretty down," said Ingles, who is sitting out the Boomers' qualifying campaign to recover from a tough first NBA season. "It didn't look great but obviously you hope for the best and hope it's not (a torn ACL). "Me and Dante are really good mates, roommates, and obviously playing in Utah this year, it was another step of our friendship.
Jody Genessy: Initial concern is that Dante Exum might have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, per a source. Jazz will know more when he's evaluated.
Basketball Australia will hold a press conference on Friday at 1030am when the Boomers return. Further details will be about the press conference will be provided later today. The entire Basketball Australia family wishes Dante Exum well on his return to Utah and hopes for positive news on his injury.
July 28, 2021 | 2:42 am EDT Update
Casey Holdahl: USA 120, Iran 66: FINAL. USA now 1-1 in group play. @Damian Lillard with game-high 21 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds in 23 minutes. USA now need to win vs. Czech Republic on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals.
We’ve heard the potential interest from the Lakers and Clippers as well as a mutual interest between Ball and the Chicago Bulls, but on today’s episode of The Lowe Post, a new ‘hot rumor’ is let out of the bag. “Have you heard anything about Brogdon for Lonzo in a sign-and-trade?” Jonathan Givony of ESPN asked. “That’s been one of the hot rumors, that’s been one of the hot rumors,” Zach Lowe said. “Don’t know what to think of it honestly so I haven’t mentioned it because I kind of don’t know if I believe it.”
A league source told The Sacramento Bee the 24-year-old guard is seeking a new contract worth about $9 million per year, which would be slightly higher than the four-year, $34.6 million deal De’Anthony Melton signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in November. It remains to be seen if Davis will be able to command that kind of salary two years after going undrafted out of Ole Miss, but his camp can draw comparisons to Melton based on his age and level of production.
Windhorst: “So I’m not sure we’re gonna get a star on the market.” Spears: “But I’m gonna be at Golden State headquarters just in case.” Windhorst: “Well. The rumor out of Team USA is that Draymond is doing work [laughter].” Spears: “[Laughter] GM Green?” Windhorst: “[Laughter] That’s all I’m gonna say. The team building going on — the team building is that Draymond is doing work.”
Do you feel underrated coming into the draft? Aaron Henry: Absolutely I feel underrated, but what else is new? It’s been like that since I was 16 years old in high school. Homeschools didn’t even recruit me. It always happens, but I always end up making the most of my opportunities. I wasn’t even expected to play when I came to Michigan State as a freshman, and I beat the odds there. Whatever happens Thursday (NBA Draft) happens. I’m a worker. I’m going to find my way like I always have. I’ve always been overlooked, under-recruited, underrated in the process. Hard work will beat everything. That’s what I’m about.
Where do you think you rank against the other forwards in the draft? Aaron Henry: At the top for sure. I don’t know anybody who would give you a different answer. I belong up there for sure. There’s not much I can’t do. My free throw percentage went up. I’ve shown I can shoot it between the 34-35 percent (three-point) clip for a season playing on or off the ball. I can defend with the best of them and rebound. I can pass. A team is going to be happy with what they get from me.
Basketball observers say the players don’t seem to be enjoying playing in the system Popovich is asking them to work within, that there is too much thinking and too much looking to force the extra pass instead of reacting to what’s in front of them.