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“Right before I got my ankle injury, I felt the most confidence I’ve ever had,” Exum said. “I was playing well. I felt like I was with the team and knew what everyone was thinking. It clicked in my head that I can do this. I can be a great player.” Exum returned for three games in mid-March before he suffered another season-ending injury. “It’s been the toughest road for me,” he said. “I’m not going to lie. Going through this—this was definitely the hardest one. But I felt like I’ve dealt with it the best.”

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Was this preventable? That was the first thing Danté Exum asked his surgeon. The Utah Jazz guard had just been dealt another setback, another injury in his young career. And he wanted to know if it was his fault. The surgeon told him, No. There was nothing he could have done. Then, Exum’s mindset shifted. “I can’t control the uncontrollable,” he said. “There’s no point in me sitting here all said and praying and wishing and wanting to be on the court. It’s just about whatever I can do moving forward.”
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on Dante Exum's injury: "You just feel awful, for him first and foremost. … My discussion with him has been similar to other times he's had those setbacks, and figure out a way to use it, and we'll see what happens going forward. … But it's a blow for the kid."
A Deseret News source confirmed that Exum texted his teammates Friday after being examined by the Jazz medical staff to deliver the news and will continue to seek options on how to best treat the injury. He tried to put on a strong face in front of the guys, according to Korver, but you could tell he was hurting and disappointed by the latest setback.
"Your heart breaks for him. He's had a tough stretch with injuries, not just this year so obviously, we're all there for him," said Jazz guard Kyle Korver. "We were all talking with him yesterday, but I don't think we have all the news and the timeline of everything, they're still trying to figure things out, but this is what we do.
Exum was examined Friday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing. The MRI revealed a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee. Exum is out indefinitely and will continue to seek opinions on how to best treat the injury. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Eric Woodyard: Dante Exum on return vs. OKC: “Very excited. I’ve been waiting for this for a whole. Obviously, I hate being injured. It’s something that’s plagued me for a long time but just making sure I’m healthy and in the right mindset to go on the floor that was my biggest goal.”
Eric Woodyard: Dante Exum will miss another 2 weeks, with his sprained left ankle. The injury was more severe than anticipated, because the bone was bruised on the ankle. He has missed the last 17 games.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum is expected to miss "a couple of weeks" due to the ankle he sprained on Saturday in Detroit, league sources tell The Athletic. Exum is officially out tonight as the Jazz take on the Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Woodyard: Utah Jazz injury report vs. Toronto: Trey Lewis (doubful - left ankle sprain), Derrick Favors (questionable - illness), Raul Neto (right hamstring - out) and Dante Exum (out - right knee soreness).
Darren Wolfson: Among many FAs the #Twolves have registered some level of interest: Tolliver, Nick Young, Lance Stephenson, Dante Cunningham, Amir Johnson, Trevor Booker, Jabari Bird, Ennis.
Tony Jones: Dante Exum is at shootaround with an ice bag wrapped around his strained left hamstring. He is out for Game 5 tonight
Shams Charania: Sources: Utah guard Dante Exum will be day-to-day with a strained left hamstring after MRI and further evaluation Monday. He suffered the injury in Game 4.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum had an MRI on his sore left hamstring on Sunday night, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. The team Jazz are expected to know more concerning his status for Game 5 on Monday
Eric Woodyard: Dante Exum is questionable today in Portland with left lower leg soreness.
Andy Larsen: Exum’s going to get an opportunity to play today, and he’s clearly excited. Talked about having Georges Niang post him up on that left shoulder, making sure he could take hard contact there.
Tony Jones: Dante Exum will make his season debut tomorrow for the Jazz against the Phoenix Suns

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The Jazz still haven’t given an official return date, but league sources tell The Tribune that Dante Exum hopes to come back following the All-Star break. Exum originally separated his shoulder against the Phoenix Suns in the preseason. He damaged ligaments in his shoulder and underwent surgery to repair the injury. “It’s really good to see him out there,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I was talking to Dante and he told me he feels like a basketball player again. So it’s definitely good to see him on the floor.”

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Exum said he saw three doctors and talked to “six or seven” more over the past week as he made a decision with input from his family, agent and the Jazz organization. “I’m confident with the decision I made,” he said. “That’s why we took a lot of time to make the right decision for me, not just this year but long term. There was a non-surgical option, but we evaluated that and it didn’t seem like the right choice for me at this time of my career.”
Neither Exum nor Lindsey would speculate about a timeline for his return, although they hinted it could be for most of the season. “Right now, we’re not looking at that, just focusing the rehab and see where that takes us,” Exum said. “I’m not really putting a timeline on it at the moment.
Joe Ingles: Get that shoulder sorted @Dante Exum! Kids are waiting for the next time you baby sit. #ForFreeOfcourse
After further evaluation, Exum (6-6, 190, Australia) has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Los Angeles. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum is weighing rehabilitation options on his separated left shoulder that could preclude him undergoing season-ending surgery, league sources told ESPN. The Jazz and Exum have been exploring multiple medical opinions on an injured shoulder that suffered ligament damage in a preseason game collision on Oct. 6.
The Jazz had no update on Exum’s status Sunday after team officials confirmed that he had an MRI and the team was in the process of gathering more opinions. But reading between the lines of postgame comments by Snyder and some of the Jazz players, it appeared that the injury is significant.
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."
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