Young Aussie guard Dante Exum has agreed to a three-year, $33 million dollar deal to remain with the Utah Jazz, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Utah Jazz restricted free agent Dante Exum has agreed to a three-year, $33M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2018
The contract serves as Exum’s first major deal, as the 22-year-old had previously been on his initial rookie agreement after being drafted by the Jazz in 2014.
It’s unclear if the deal includes a player or team option on the final year.
Despite missing large chunks of time through significant injuries, this deal clearly shows how much the Jazz beleive in Exum. At an average salery of $11 million per year, Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey clearly envisions the Aussie as a big part of Utah’s future.
While Exum managed just 14 games in the 2017/18 season after a serious shoulder injury, he showed the potential to play alongside Jazz phenom Donovan Mitchell and guarded the season MVP James Harden, as good as anybody in recent memory during the playoffs.
After dealing with so many setbacks, this one feels good. When healthy, Exum can change the outlook of any given game. An ACL tear, a torn shoulder, hamstring issues — Exum has dealt with it all. To see him be rewarded with this new contract, one that many wouldn’t have expected to be so lofty, is a great bit of news for Exum.