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Report: Jazz seriously considering moving Dante Exum off the ball this upcoming season

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The Utah Jazz are seriously considering moving Dante Exum off the ball this upcoming season, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic.

If that happens, Emmanuel Mudiay would back up Mike Conley at the point guard spot for the Jazz. Utah signed Mudiay this offseason in free agency:

Exum is the wildcard here. Sources tell The Athletic that the Jazz are seriously considering moving him off the ball this season. If that happens, that makes Mudiay a primary option at backup point guard, which is something that wasn’t anticipated outside of the Jazz when he signed in July. The Jazz view Exum as an important piece. His size for his position, his athleticism, his ability to defend every perimeter spot are attributes nobody on the roster can duplicate. But his durability will always be in question, his perimeter shot still needs work and he is still a work in progress.

Dante Exum had a difficult 2018-19 season. He played in just 42 games and missed the entire 2019 playoffs after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee. Exum averaged 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Many have the Jazz as firm title contenders. Utah’s projected starting lineup is Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert. That’s as good as any starting five in the NBA.

The Jazz are counting on Exum, Mudiay, Royce O’Neale and newcomers Jeff Green and Ed Davis to anchor the bench.