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Cavs’ Dante Exum (leg) hobbles off court vs Magic with non-contact injury

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The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a pretty significant loss early against the Orlando Magic on Monday evening. Veteran shooting guard Dante Exum could be seen hobbling off the court in the opening minutes of the Eastern Conference clash. Exum appeared to have suffered a leg injury while exiting the court and making his way over to the Cavs bench holding the lower portion of his right leg.

It is also worth noting that Dante Exum was then promptly replaced by fellow Cavaliers swingman Cedi Osman.

The 25-year-old Dante Exum is currently in the midst of his first full season as a member of the Cavaliers after previously spending his entire NBA playing career as a member of the Utah Jazz. The seasoned swingman was traded from Utah to Cleveland midway through last season after four full seasons with the Jazz to begin his professional playing career in the United States. The Jazz originally selected the Melbourne, Australia native with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Entering Monday evening’s matchup against the aforementioned Magic, Dante Exum had already made five appearances for the Cavaliers in 2020-21 while starting two of those contests. Over the course of an even 23 minutes per game this time around, he was averaging 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.2 turnovers.

For his NBA playing career as a whole, Dante Exum has already appeared in 244 regular season games with 71 starts split between the Jazz and Cavaliers in addition to averaging just 5.7 points and 18.6 minutes per outing.

Dante Exum will hopefully not be sidelined too long by this injury, given the stop-and-start nature of an NBA career which clearly has potential but has not been able to get off the ground due to a series of injuries which have halted his growth and development as a pro.