With the chance of him playing at all for the Utah Jazz this season in serious question after suffering a shoulder injury during the preseason and undergoing surgery last week to repair the damage, the focus for many concerning guard Dante Exum has shifted to what his free-agency process will be like next summer.
On Monday, Ben Mallis of The Pick and Roll in Australia took a deep dive into the options both the Jazz and Exum have when he becomes a free agent in July.
"Exum is still just 22 years of age," Mallis wrote. "Raw talent alone dictates he will be given ample opportunities to prove himself, although this latest injury setback does accelerate his timetable. The chances previously available are slowly eroding, as too is his room for error when it comes to maintaining an NBA career."
Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, C.J. Miles contributing big for Toronto Raptors
San Antonio Spurs guard Kyle Anderson (1) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in San Antonio. Delon Wright is pictured at right. | Eric Gay, Associated Press
On Friday night, the Toronto Raptors will play the Jazz at Vivint Arena, and former Utah Runnin' Utes Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl, as well as former Jazzman C.J. Miles, will be in town.
All three are making big contributions to the Raptors' bench in the early part of the season, a topic Fansided's Jared Dubin explored.
Through six games, Wright is receiving the most playing time of the trio at just under 24 minutes per contest, while Miles is averaging the most points at 10.7 per game. Poeltl is averaging 8.0 rebounds per night.
"Wright and (rookie OG) Anunoby, in particular, have shown that they know when and where they should pass the ball, both on the break and in the half-court. Poeltl’s two-way play has been a revelation, and the shooting offered by Miles and Anunoby has given everybody ample room to operate," Dubin wrote.
- John Stockton began his NBA career 33 years ago
- JR Smith has school named after him in Utah
- Trey Lyles gets dunked on
Former Jazzman Trevor Booker became known during his time in Utah for a variety of things, including being a tough competitor, having fun celebrations when good things happened on the court and his love of cereal.
Last week, Booker, who is in his second season with the Brooklyn Nets, showed his playful side once again as he snuck into the Cleveland Cavaliers' huddle during a timeout.