A torn ACL and shoulder surgery have limited Exum to just 80 total games over his last three seasons, but the Jazz clearly still like his upside and will be giving the 22-year-old a surprising three-year, $33 million deal. That certainly seems like a hefty contract when looking at previous production, though it could also suggest the Jazz are planning to get Exum involved more moving forward and may view him as the eventual successor to Ricky Rubio. However, Rubio appears to be entrenched as the starting point guard for at least one more year, which means Exum is slated for backup duties for now. Barring any surprises, Exum doesn't seem likely to surpass minutes in the low-20s, which should limit his fantasy impact to only the deepest of leagues at best.
After playing in all 82 games as a rookie, Exum has seen action in just 80 total contests over his last three seasons, with a torn ACL and shoulder surgery being the main culprits for his lengthy absences. However, it appears the Jazz may not be ready to give up on the 22-year-old guard, as this recent qualifying offer means the team can match any offer Exum receives on the open free agent market starting July 1. Still, even if Exum is retained by the Jazz, he'd be stuck battling for minutes with Raul Neto as a reserve behind Ricky Rubio and wouldn't have value in the bulk of fantasy leagues.
Exum downplayed his hamstring injury during Wednesday's exit interview, Ben Dowsett of Basketball Insiders reports.
Exum pulled up lame late in Game 4 against the Rockets and immediately exited the game and headed for the tunnel while clearly favoring his left hamstring. The injury initially looked like it could be relatively serious, and while Exum was held out of Game 5, he told the media Wednesday that he doesn't expect to be rehabbing the hamstring for more than a few weeks. Exum, who's dealt with a number of injuries since entering the league in 2014, admitted that he'd been dealing with tightness in his hamstring for several weeks leading up to the injury. A restricted free agent this summer, Exum implied Wednesday that he'll work toward returning to the Jazz in 2018-19.
Exum (hamstring) has been ruled out for Game 5 against the Rockets on Tuesday.
Exum strained his left hamstring during Game 4 against the Rockets on Friday and it appears it will cost him at least one contest. The Jazz are currently nearing elimination, down 3-1 in their series against the Rockets, which could mean Exum doesn't see the floor again this season. With Ricky Rubio (hamstring) also still out, the Jazz are going to be short on bodies in the backcourt, which should mean more minutes for the likes of Royce O'Neal, Alec Burks and Raul Neto.
Exum has been diagnosed with a strained left hamstring and is considered day-to-day, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Exum was forced to leave Sunday's Game 4 early with the injury, though a subsequent MRI revealed he's merely dealing with a strain. That said, the Jazz aren't ready to deem him available for Game 5 on Tuesday, so tentatively consider him questionable until his status is updated again later this week. Prior to Sunday's contest, Exum had averaged just 15.7 minutes in three previous games this series, limiting his overall upside as a fantasy option.
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