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Dante Exum of Utah Jazz injured in Summer League game

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NBA free agency is winding down now, with all the major deals already having been completed and LeBron James being the only real big name yet to sign, but we all know he's staying in Cleveland.

Summer League Time

Attention now turns to the Summer League, where we can all get a glimpse of the exciting rookies who have just been drafted and which second year players look set to have a breakout year.

What no team wants however, is an injury. Unfortunately for the Utah Jazz, they haven't had been afforded the best of luck just one game into Summer League.

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Exum Injury

Dante Exum had a strong outing for the Jazz at Summer League in Salt Lake City on Monday, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists against the Boston Celtics. 

But then it went all down hill. With less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Australian point guard drove to the basket and hoisted up a lay-up on the spin. Exum didn't stick the landing however and injured his ankle.

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You can see a video of the 19-year old's ankle injury here.

The Jazz later announced on Twitter that Exum sprained his left ankle in the 100-82 victory over the Celtics. The 2014 first-round pick will apparently be having his ankle re-evaluated today to see if there is any more damage they haven't yet found.

Upbeat Teammates

Exum's Utah teammates seemed incredibly optimistic that the Aussie will be alright and the injury won't keep him out for any real length of time.

“We saw the coaches trying to call us over for a timeout and we just wanted to make sure he was OK,” center Jack Cooley said. “But Dante’s going to be fine. He’ll be all right. It was a little scary, but he’s a real tough kid.

“He’ll be all right,” forward Rodney Hood said. “He sprained his ankle pretty bad, but he’ll be all right. They’ll see about tomorrow. He might get some treatment, but I think he’ll be fine.”

Exum really struggled in his first year in the NBA. After being selected 5th overall by the Jazz, the point guard averaged just 4.8 points and 2.6 assists a game in 22 minutes per contest, shooting a pathetic .349 from the floor.

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