Jazz lose guard Exum indefinitely to knee injury

The Jazz will be without guard Dante Exum indefinitely because of an injured right knee.

Dante Exum of the Utah Jazz has suffered a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced Friday.

Exum, 23, suffered the injury in a game against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Exum is averaging 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 15.8 minutes in 42 games (1 start) for the Jazz this season, shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 29.0 percent from deep and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The fifth overall pick of the 2014 draft by Utah, Exum carries career averages of 5.9 points, 1.8 boards and 2.3 dimes in 19.3 minutes in 204 games (68 starts), with a shooting line of 40.0/30.4/77.0.

He missed all of 2015-16 with a torn ACL and appeared in just 14 regular-season games last year following shoulder surgery.

The Jazz are now expected to turn to Raul Neto as the primary backup behind starting point guard Ricky Rubio.