Australia's Olympic hopes took another blow today with news that Dante Exum will not be taking part in any national team activities this summer.
The Utah Jazz star has been out of action since tearing his ACL back in August 2015 while playing for Australia and, per the Jazz themselves, is going to forego the chance of playing in Rio in favour of focussing on rehabbing for the 2016-17 NBA season.
Exum's decision comes just a few days after another Australian NBA star, the Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut, was ruled out of the upcoming Olympic Games due to a left knee injury picked up in the NBA Finals.
Speaking via an article on NBA.com, Exum explained his decision:
"At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," said the 20-year-old.
"It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country."
Losing Exum's talents will be a disappointment for Australian basketball fans, but the news will already have Utah supporters excited about the prospect of getting the young guard back for the upcoming campaign.
The fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Exum showed glimpses of his potential during a rookie campaign that saw him average 4.8 points and 2.4 assists in just over 22 minutes per game.
The serious injury forced him to miss the entirety of the current campaign, however. With Utah having just missed out on playoff basketball in his absence, the franchise will be hoping Exum's return will be the final piece of the jigsaw in their pursuit of postseason basketball.