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Dante Exum sent to Jazz D-League affiliate and recalled on the same day

Dante Exum
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Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum had one of the shortest D-League stints ever as he was recalled by his team after only one practice with their affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars, on Monday.

With rumors that emerged about him getting demoted by the Jazz, the team was quick to clarify that he was sent to the Stars only for additional playing time and practice.

The 21-year-old Australian international was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft after his promising high school career in his home country. Many NBA teams were intrigued with his skill set especially being a tall point guard as he stands 6-foot-6.

Despite the hype surrounding him before he entered the league, Exum has failed to live up to expectations during his rookie year when he only averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 22.2 minutes per game. Things even got worse for him when he was forced to miss the entire 2015-16 season after suffering a torn ACL while playing for the Australian Basketball team in the Oceania Olympic Qualifiers.

The Jazz hope that his additional practice session will help Dante Exum play better in their next games and will build his confidence as they expect him to compete for the backup point guard spot behind their starter, George Hill.

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