Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum suffered a left knee injury on his duty with the Australian National Team in a game against the Slovenian National Team.
20-year-old Exum will now return to Salt Lake City for further evaluation by the Utah Jazz’s medical staff after being treated on site. The Boomers won the game 66-51 against Slovenia.
Clinical tests revealed Exum has a torn ACL, according to reports.
Exum, The Sufferer
The injury could rule the Utah Jazz youngster guard out of the Rio Olympics qualifying series and the entire coming NBA season.
Boomers’ legendary star Andrew Gaze, with a number of U.S. media reports, are of the opinion that Exum tore his anterior cruciate ligament which requires immediate surgery. Post surgery, the Australian guard would need at least six to nine months rehabilitation to recover.
Boomers’ two-leg Oceania championships against New Zealand on 15 August in Melbourne, which doubles the chance to qualify for the Rio Olympics next summer, won’t feature Dante Exum.
Exum is also on the verge of losing a chance of being a potential starter in the Utah Jazz line-up as a point guard in the coming NBA season.
Speculations are ripe that BA will recall fellow NBA point guard, San Antonio Spurs star Patty Mills, who was also recovering from a shoulder injury.
“Because ultimately it’s about getting to Rio,” Gaze told SEN radio on Wednesday.
“I understand they had some rules and regulations put in place by the players, they’d come to an agreement to say ’in order to be eligible to participate in the Oceania Championships, you had to make yourself available for the European tour’.”