Dante Exum Suffers Serious Shoulder Injury

SALT LAKE CITY UT – DECEMBER 31 Joe Johnson

Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune adds that Exum, who is just 22, could have ligament damage in his shoulder, as well, and that he could miss "a significant amount of time".

In his team's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, the Utah Jazz guard reportedly suffered a shoulder injury that could keep him sidelined well into the 82-game grind, if not for its entirety.

Utah's game was not televised, but reporters at the game indicated Exum took a tough fall and immediately made his way to the locker room.

"If you saw his shoulder, it didn't look good", Utah coach Quin Snyder said after Friday night's game.

The Jazz announced shortly after that Exum would not be returning to the game. He missed his second pro season after tearing his ACL in the summer of 2015 playing for his national team in Australia.

The 2017-18 season was supposed to be different for Exum, though. Another potential long-term injury would deal that progress a devastating blow. However much time he misses, expect the likes of Raul Neto and Donovan Mitchell to likely absorb the bulk of his workload.

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