Report: Dante Exum nearing free-agent deal with Rockets
Plagued by injuries during his NBA career, Exum has been a dynamic perimeter defender when healthy.
From NBA media reports
Dante Exum is nearing a deal to return to the Houston Rockets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Exum was dealt to the Rockets in January as part of the four-team James Harden blockbuster trade, though he never saw the floor for Houston due to a calf injury.
Free agent guard Dante Exum is nearing a deal to return to the Houston Rockets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Exum played in only 24 games last season, but has returned to full health and averaged 9 points and 2.8 assists in Australia’s Bronze medal run in Tokyo Olympics.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 15, 2021
While Exum has struggled with injuries since being drafted fifth by Utah in the 2014 NBA Draft, he looked healthy this summer in Tokyo, averaging 9.0 points and 2.8 assists in Australia’s run to the bronze medal.
With the Rockets reportedly working to find a new home for John Wall, Houston could use some depth at the guard position. Still just 26 years old, Exum could provide excellent perimeter defense to complement Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.