SALT LAKE CIY (ABC4 Sports) – The worst fears about Dante Exum’s shoulder injury may be realized.
ESPN is reporting that the Utah Jazz point guard could miss the entire season after suffering ligament damage in a collision during Friday night’s preseason win over Phoenix.
Exum collided with a Suns player while driving to the basket late in the 1st quarter. He ran off the court in obvious pain.
“If you saw his shoulder, it didn’t look good,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said last night.
Exum underwent an MRI last night, and Jazz officials are currently weighing all their options.
The 22-year-old missed the entire 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL while playing for the Australian National Team.
Last season, Exum averaged 6.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, and was playing very well so far in the preseason.
A prolonged absence would mean more minutes for rookie Donovan Mitchell, who could slide over from shooting guard to be Ricky Rubio’s backup. The Jazz also have point guard Raul Neto on the roster.
Exum was the 5th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.