Jazz’s Exum could miss season with shoulder injury

Jazz guard Dante Exum is hoping to avoid season-ending shoulder surgery.

Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum suffered a separated left shoulder during Friday’s exhibition game against the Phoenix Suns and the 22-year-old could miss the entire regular season as a result, according to multiple reports.

An MRI of Exum’s shoulder revealed significant ligament damage, per ESPN and The Salt Lake Tribune. Jazz officials and doctors are doing their due diligence now and discussing a plan of action on recovery and rehabilitation.

The Salt Lake Tribune adds that surgery is very much an option for Exum, although the Jazz are exploring every avenue that doesn’t include a season-ending timeline.

Exum averaged 6.2 points per game last season in 66 games played, including 26 starts. The fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft tore his ACL three summers ago and missed the entire 2015-16 campaign.

The athletic guard has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him in Australia and his future with Utah could be in doubt after this latest injury.