Jazz news: Dante Exum hoping to avoid season-ending surgery
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Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum hoping to avoid season-ending surgery

Dante Exum

Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum is exploring rehabilitation options from his separated shoulder and hoping that he can avoid season-ending surgery, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The former 5th overall draft selection of the 2014 NBA Draft has already missed significant time once in his career, missing the entire 2015-16 season with an ACL injury.

It was reported last week by ESPN that Exum could miss the entire season now due to his separated shoulder, suffered in a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. This new update, that an option that wouldn’t keep him sidelined for the entire season is a possibility, may end up as good news for the Jazz.

The Australian point guard was expected to be maybe more important than ever for a Jazz team that is now transitioning on from Gordon Hayward, who handled a lot of the playmaking duties last season. Ricky Rubio was acquired in the offseason to start at point guard, but Exum would have provided a nice backup option for Utah.

Last season, Exum played in 66 games, averaging 6.2 points and 1.7 assists in 18.6 minutes per night. He played all 82 games as a rookie back in 2014-15.

The Jazz do have Raul Neto and Nate Wolters as the only other listed point guards on the roster. Otherwise, players like Rodney Hood and Alec Burks may be asked to initiate the offense in Exum’s absence.