Summer League-Exum Basketball

This March 1, 2017 photo shows Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) bringing the ball up against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City.

He’s back — again.

After yet another preseason setback, Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum is set to return to the floor Thursday when the Jazz host the Phoenix Suns.

The Jazz announced Exum’s return Wednesday on Twitter.

Exum, a third-year player from Australia, practiced Tuesday and Wednesday with the Salt Lake City Stars, Utah’s NBA G League affiliate.

After playing in 66 games in the 2016-17 season, Exum separated his shoulder and had ligaments damaged in an Oct. 6, 2017, preseason game after airborne Suns forward TJ Warren crashed into him from behind during a rebound attempt, sending both players to the floor.

Exum had surgery to repair the left (non-shooting) shoulder Oct. 24 and his status to return this season was uncertain.

His return comes at an opportune time for both he and the Jazz, who have won 19 of their last 21 games in an unprecedented playoff push. The Jazz announced Monday that backup point guard Raul Neto was out indefinitely after breaking his left wrist.

After averaging 6.2 points and 1.7 assists in 18 minutes per game in his second season, Exum began to turn heads in 2017 summer league with his explosive play next to rookie Donovan Mitchell before suffering the injury.

The 6-foot-6 guard also missed all of the 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL in international play in the 2015 summer.

His return could help take some work from Mitchell, who has filled in at point guard at times due to injury.

At 38-30, Utah has stormed back into playoff contention after weathering a brutally tough December schedule. With an identical record as the San Antonio Spurs, the Jazz clutch to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 14 games to go.

Thursday’s game tips at 7 p.m. and airs regionally on AT&T Sports Network.

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