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Jazz preparing to bring back Dante Exum from shoulder injury

Dante Exum

For the first time during the 2017-18 NBA season, it seems that the Utah Jazz are expecting to activate point guard Dante Exum this week. According to a tweet on Monday afternoon from Jazz reporter Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah is getting Exum ready to play this week.

“Barring a setback, the plan is to try and get Dante Exum ready to go at some point this week, league sources tell the Salt Lake Tribune,” Jones tweeted.

Exum, who was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, could immediately step into some consistent minutes as he looks to finally make his season debut following shoulder surgery. In 66 games last season, Exum averaged 6.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting from the field, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in only 18.6 minutes of action per contest.

It was already revealed earlier today that backup point guard Raul Neto would have to miss at least two weeks of action due to a fractured left wrist, according to a statement released on the Jazz official website.

“Neto was examined today by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing. The MRI revealed a fractured left wrist, which occurred in yesterday’s 116-99 win against the Pelicans. The 6-1 guard will be re-evaluated in two weeks,” the team announced.

The Jazz (37-30) continue to be one of the hottest teams in the NBA and are in hot pursuit of one of the final playoff spots in a heated Western Conference playoff race. Utah will look to take advantage of a four-game homestand, starting with the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night, that has them slated to play four teams that are each below .500 this season.