Jazz backup Exum out indefinitely after knee surgery

Colton Jones

Backup point guard Dante Exum of the Utah Jazz had surgery to repair a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee Wednesday and will continue to be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced.

Exum, 23, suffered the injury in a game against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on March 21.

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.

Exum had returned to action after missing 25 games because of a sprained left ankle and bone bruise.