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Jazz guard Dante Exum joins ownership group of new NBL team

Jazz, Dante Exum

While he is still playing professionally in the NBA, Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum has already taken things to the next level off the court — well, sort of.

According to Olgun Uluc of FOX Sports Australia, Exum joined the ownership group part of the South East Melbourne Phoenix, NBL’s newest team that will start competing in the 2019-20 season.

“It’s an honour to be joining the investment group of the South East Melbourne Phoenix,” Exum said. “Melbourne has played a key role in my basketball journey and the chance to be involved in the ownership group of the SEM Phoenix is a perfect way to further that strong connection with the city. I look forward to seeing the continued growth of the NBL and much success and excitement for the team and the city of Melbourne.”

With Exum officially on board in South East Melbourne, the Jazz guard has joined the likes of Zach Randolph, Al Harrington and Josh Childress as current and former NBA players with ownership ties to the aforementioned team.

“It is a privilege to have Dante join the Phoenix family,” South East Melbourne majority owner Romie Chaudhari added. “I have spent time with Danté, and he is really wonderful to work with. I am proud to have him as part of our organisation and he represents our club’s value set. Since he’s from Melbourne, our community focus was critical for Danté choosing to come on board. I look forward to watching Dante’s career blossom both as an NBA player and as a successful entrepreneur.”

On the NBA front, Exum is currently gearing up for his sixth season as a member of the Jazz.