It's been roughly a year since Exum underwent reconstruction surgery on his left knee, but the point guard looks like he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp in the fall. Exum, who made the tough call to sit out of the 2016 Summer Olympics to aid his recovery, looks like he'll be eased back into the mix as he prepares for his second NBA season. The
Exum (knee) will not play with the Australian National Team this summer, NBA.com reports.
Exum was cleared for contact just a few weeks ago after undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery over nine months ago. Instead of playing with the Australian National Team, Exum wants to continue training in hopes of being back to full strength prior to training camp. Exum is expected to take on a starters role during the 2016-17 season, so any additional effort put in this offseason should help his bid for a successful second campaign with the Jazz.
Exum (knee) will be cleared to resume taking contact Thursday, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.
It's been nearly nine months since Exum underwent ACL reconstruction surgery, but his being cleared for contact is a positive sign that he'll be back to full health by the time training camp opens in the fall. The Australian point guard is still likely to sit out the 2016 Summer Olympics, but if his rehab continues to go as anticipated, he'll likely open the 2016-17 campaign in the Jazz's starting lineup.
Exum was drafted with fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft with the assumption that he'd eventually serve as the team's long-term solution at point guard, and it appears the Jazz are prepping him for a full-time starting role in 2016-17. He missed all of the past season while recovering from an ACL tear, but is said to be progressing well through the rehab process, and should be at full health when the training camp begins in the fall. The Jazz received solid work from Shelvin Mack at point guard in the second half of last season, but because Exum's ceiling is considerably higher, the team seems more willing to let Exum learn on the fly once he returns to action.
Dante Exum (knee) has started sprinting, but isn't expected to participate in the NBA Summer League with the Utah Jazz , Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.
Exum is progressing in his rehab and has most recently begun sprinting after missing the entire 2015-16 season with a torn left ACL. He'll start to take contact in June, which is the next step in his recovery. With that being said, Exum will not participate in the NBA Summer League, but still hopes to be ready for training camp, which usually begins at the end of September. Exum is expected to be the Jazz's long-term solution at point guard, so as soon as he's healthy, he'll look to take over as the starter.
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