OKLAHOMA CITY — For the Utah Jazz organization, there’s good news and there’s bad news.
The good news is that guard Dante Exum returned to practice as a partial participant this week and is in Oklahoma City with the team as the Jazz prepare to face the Thunder on Friday.
The bad news is he will miss another two weeks with a severe left ankle sprain.
Exum was re-evaluated Thursday, and the team’s medical staff determined he needed more time to recover as a bone was also bruised on his ankle.
Exum missed the past 17 games in which the Jazz posted a 12-5 mark, but the team is certainly missing his play off the bench. The fourth-year guard is averaging 7.4 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds this season.4 comments on this story
“I think when he’s playing well, he can have a big impact for us, and having him back soon is going to help us a lot,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said following Wednesday’s practice.
Exum has dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, including a separated shoulder last season when he missed all but 39 games. He also missed his sophomore season after tearing his ACL while playing for the Australian national team in the summer of 2015.
The Jazz signed Exum to a three-year, $33 million extension this summer but he hasn’t played more than 66 games in a season since the 2016-17 season.