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Jazz G Dante Exum has $200k bonus forfeited

Dante Exum

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum has not played a total of 11 games this season, making him ineligible to receive a $200,000 bonus, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Dante Exum has now missed his 11th game of the season and is ineligible to receive a $200K bonus for games played. The bonus for the Utah guard was deemed unlikely when he signed a three-year $28M contract in the off-season. Exum also has a $200K bonus for playing in 67 games.

Exum signed a three-year $28 million deal with the Jazz last summer which included a bonus-triggering stipulation anchored on his chances to play at least 67, 71, or 82 games. Since he has missed 11 games already, the five-year veteran is now only eligible to receive a $200,000 bonus if he will appear in at least 67 or more games for Utah.

The oft-injured Exum has only been able to play one full season with the Jazz, and that was during his rookie year in 2014-15. He was then sidelined for the entire 2015-16 season after suffering a torn ACL while playing for the Australian national basketball team. He then returned and played 66 games in 2016-17, before appearing in only 14 games during the 2017-18 season because of a shoulder injury.

Despite all of his setbacks, Utah continues to trust Exum, whom they picked fifth overall in the 2014 draft. When healthy, Exum can be a reliable backup for veteran point guard Ricky Rubio.

It is unclear if Exum will be able to reach the potential that scouts and media once saw in him five years ago, but if he continues to remain healthy, he will surely regain his confidence and rhythm, and who knows? He might just surprise everyone one day.