Dante Exum agrees to a three-year, $33 million dollar deal with Utah

Apr 1, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) drives to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Aaron Brooks (30) in the fourth quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

DANTÉ! 💪🏽 Sorry Boban, none of that weak stuff in Exum’s 🏠

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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.

Kyle Standfield

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Student journalist covering Aussies in the NBA for The Pick and Roll. Follow me on twitter @KyleStandfield

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