Tony Jones: Dante Exum is at shootaround with an ice bag wrapped around his strained left hamstring. He is out for Game 5 tonight
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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
Jonathan Feigen: Dante Exum is out with left hamstring soreness.
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
Ryan McDonald: Dante Exum has been recalled by the Utah Jazz
Eric Woodyard: Jazz coach Quin Snyder on Danté Exum’s return: “Over this next week, they’re going to continue to evaluate where he is, but he’s put himself in a position where there’s a very real chance that he’s going to be able to come back this year and we’re hoping sooner than later.”
Spencer Checketts: Dennis Lindsey tells @1280sports that the Jazz are planning to have Dante Exum to return to the lineup in mid-late March.
The Utah Jazz received a bit of good news in the middle of the toughest stretch of their season. Point guard Dante Exum, who has yet to play a game this season, has been cleared to participate in non-contact basketball activities, meaning he can work out, shoot and work with assistants.
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.”
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.
Tony Jones: The official update on Dante Exum: There’s no official update. Exum and the Jazz still conferring and haven’t made a decision
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.
Andy Larsen: Jazz officially say Dante Exum will not return tonight due to the left shoulder injury. They did not specify injury type.
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.
Andy Larsen: Yikes: Jazz broadcast says Dante Exum has hyperextended his left knee, the same knee with the torn ACL. He seems unconcerned, though.
The question he feared the most: Would he ever be the same player again? “There were plenty of times where I wondered, why me?” Exum told The Tribune. “I wondered if I would be the guy I was before the injury. I was supposed to go home to Australia the next day, and I hadn’t been home in a year. I wondered, what’s going to happen with the Jazz? That was the pain I was going through.”
“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.”
Joe Ingles: Shattered for @Dante Exum.. Get healthy & ready for the @Utah Jazz season!
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: Good news, Jazz fans. Dante Exum, rehabbing from knee surgery, told @traread and @BenyamKidane he’ll be cleared to resume contact Thursday.
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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