Dante Exum never lived up to the hype of being the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft with the Utah Jazz. He has career averages of just 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Exum missed the entire 2015-16 season due to a knee injury.
The Jazz traded Exum to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Utah's front office just felt like Exum needed a change of scenery, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.
At the end of the day, sources say, the Jazz front office felt Exum needed a change of scenery. The decision-makers felt he needed a fresh start with another franchise. They wanted to deal him to a team where they knew he would get an opportunity to play. And they wanted to give him a chance to start a second career.
We’ll see what the future holds for Exum in Cleveland. The Cavs already have Collin Sexton and Darius Garland.
Exum is making $9,100,000 this season and will earn $9,100,000 in 2020-21, the final year of his contract.
In 11 games this season for the Jazz, Exum put up 2.2 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. It would be a nice story if he can jump start his career in Cleveland. Exum's best season with the Jazz was in 2017-18 when he averaged 8.1 points.