Utah Jazz: Dante Exum's season in doubt after shoulder injury

Saturday , October 07, 2017 - 7:28 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

NBA games don’t count yet — unless you’re Dante Exum and the Utah Jazz, who have suffered yet another preseason blow.

Exum’s season is now in doubt after injuring his left shoulder during a first-half collision Friday in Utah’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns.

Exum suffered shoulder separation with ligament damage, The Salt Lake Tribune reports, for which Exum “will miss significant time.” Both the Tribune and ESPN report Exum’s season is in jeopardy.

The fifth overall pick in 2014, Exum missed all of the 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL during summer play with the Australian national team. He appeared in 66 games last season and since drew attention for stellar summer league and preseason play.

Near the end of the first quarter in Utah’s win Friday, Suns forward TJ Warren crashed into Exum in the paint trying to block the Australian’s layup attempt from behind. In either the collision or the fall to the floor, Exum separated his shoulder.

“If you saw his shoulder, it didn't look good,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said after the game.

The Tribune reports season-ending surgery is in play, but that the Jazz and Exum are exploring all options for treatment.

Exum averaged 6.2 points, two rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season. He was expected to be a playmaker for Utah’s offense and back up Ricky Rubio in point guard duties.

The Jazz play two road preseason games at Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers before opening the regular season by hosting the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 18.

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