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Bobby Marks: Utah would be eligible to apply for the Disabled Player Exception if Dante Exum is ruled out for the season. The exception would be worth $2.5M and the Jazz would need to clear a roster spot to use. Utah would only be allowed to sign, acquire in a trade or claim a player on the last year of their contract.
The news on Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum is not good. Exum has separated his left shoulder and also suffered ligament damage, sources tell The Tribune. There is still no official timetable for his recovery process, but sources say Exum could miss a significant amount of time.
Bobby Marks: The Dante Exum injury now has the Jazz faced with a tough roster decision. Currently with 15 guaranteed contracts, backup PG Raul Neto is the odd man out. Utah would need to waive or trade a guaranteed contract to clear a spot for Neto. The Jazz could also rely on combo guard rookie Donovan Mitchell if they are reluctant to clear a roster spot.
Spencer Checketts: Quin Snyder on Dante Exum's left shoulder: "Don't want to speculate, but if you saw the shoulder, it wasn't good."
Point guard Danté Exum, meanwhile, is dealing with left patellar tendinitis and won't be re-evaluated for another week. "We're living on borrowed time when we have five guys who are out," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said at the team's morning shootaround, before heaping effusive praise on his team's effort and record despite being hit so hard by injuries.
"We could've pushed the envelope and tried to have him ready by March, or somewhere in that time frame," Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey told The Tribune. "We had to tell him 'no rush.' Clearly the goal was to try to get him back. But what we wanted to do was honor the next 12 years over the next 12 months. That's what we tried to communicate to Dante."
Q: What do you expect from Dante Exum as he returns from his knee injury? Quin Snyder: As much as we can get. I think that’s an injury that he’ll be back from, but it’s not a simple thing. There’s a process that you go through — any player with any injury. I think that going from becoming healthy physically to getting to compete again to kind of finding your game and continuing to improve. We don’t really have a specific timetable on that as far as where he is, but I know he’s missed playing. He loves to play and I think this will be an opportunity for him to start doing that again and I know he’s excited and we’re excited for him.
Skipping out on the Olympics, albeit a tough decision because of personal reasons and national pride, will prevent Exum from being overextended too quickly this summer due to national team duties. "At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," Exum said via a press release. "It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country."
All 12 players from the successful 2015 Oceania Championships will be present at the camp, Kevin Lisch will debut with the squad while Dante Exum’s rehabilitation is progressing. “Dante is going really well,” said Lemanis. “His rehab is on track but there are still a few hurdles to overcome. Dante needs to be confident he can handle the load of the campaign, the Jazz need to be comfortable with his involvement in the program and we all need to feel that his skill set is back to where it needs to be to compete on the world stage."
Jody Genessy: Dante Exum has started sprinting. Contact in June. He won't be playing with the Jazz in summer league.
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.
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