Free agent guard Dante Exum has been linked to the South East Melbourne Phoenix and there is “outside chance” he could sign with the Australian club, according to the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Exum, 26, is 6-foot-6 and was originally drafted by the Jazz with the No. 5 overall pick in 2014, but has seen his career derailed by leg injuries. He was cut by the Rockets on the eve of this regular season.
After spending six years with the Jazz, Exum was traded to the Cavaliers late in 2019. The Cavs sent him to Houston as part of the James Harden trade in January. As part of the deal, the Cavs received Jarrett Allen from the Nets. Allen was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
“The Phoenix have spoken to Exum’s manager about his movements and would accommodate him should he decide to return home,” the Daily Telegraph wrote. “The Melbourne-born guard is also a part-owner of the Phoenix and the franchise want to help him relaunch his NBA career with a short-term stint in the NBL.”
Exum averaged 5.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 30 games with the Cavs, but never suited up for the Rockets. He signed a three-year nonguaranteed deal with Houston before being waived.
He carries career averages of 5.7 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds, and averaged 9.0 points in Australia’s run to the bronze medal at the 2021 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo.