Jazz rumors: Dante Exum could miss 2017-18 NBA season with separated shoulder
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Dante Exum could miss 2017-18 NBA season with separated shoulder

Dante Exum

As the former fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Dante Exum has unfortunately suffered significant injuries to begin his young career. After already missing the entire 2015-16 NBA season due to a torn ACL, it appears he could miss another one.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Exum could miss the entire 2017-18 season after suffering a separated left shoulder against the Phoenix Suns:

After appearing in 66 games last season, there was an opportunity for Exum to finally establish himself with the departure of George Hill and arrival of Rick Rubio this offseason. Unfortunately, the Jazz are currently conferring with doctors about Exum’s options.

With losing Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in free agency, there is a level of uncertainty heading into the new season for the Jazz. If Exum ultimately misses the entire season, they will need Alec Burks, Rodney Hood, and Donovan Mitchell to fill those roles on the perimeter.

Having said this, Utah still has one of the best centers in Rudy Gobert and head coaches in Quin Synder. Despite the Western Conference getting even more competitive, the Jazz have shown great progress over the last couple of years and will look to make another playoff push.