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Dante Exum impresses in Summer League for Jazz before leaving with ankle injury (VIDEO)


Dante Exum had a strong outing for the Jazz at Summer League in Salt Lake City on Monday, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Then, this happened.

Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune

“We saw the coaches trying to call us over for a timeout and we just wanted to make sure he was OK,” center Jack Cooley said. “But Dante’s going to be fine. He’ll be all right. It was a little scary, but he’s a real tough kid.” …

Exum may not have been a lock to play in Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs summer squad even if he was healthy. Now his status is certainly in question, though he has not been ruled out.

“He’ll be all right,” forward Rodney Hood said. “He sprained his ankle pretty bad, but he’ll be all right. They’ll see about tomorrow. He might get some treatment, but I think he’ll be fine.”

Toughness isn’t a factor here, obviously, and while the developmental opportunities in Summer League are important, there’s no reason to risk a player’s health just to have him participate in an ultimately meaningless July contest.

Report: Joe Ingles re-signing with Jazz on two-year, $4.5 million deal

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Joe Ingles was one of the oldest players on the historically young 2014-15 Jazz.

And he was an NBA rookie.

The 27-year-old Australian will be back in Utah for his second season.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Ingles’ Non-Bird Rights (technically a form of Bird Rights) won’t allow him to make that much. So, the Jazz will have to use cap space – or, depending how they intend to use the rest of their room, the $2,814,000 room exception.

He’s a good distributor for a forward and a solid outside shooter, though his unwillingness to shoot is probably his most defining basketball trait.

Overall, he fit in well in Utah, a team that surged after the All-Star break. It’s unclear whether that was an aberration or a breakthrough, but betting on continuity was probably the right move for the Jazz. Retaining Ingles helps provide that.

Report: Mavericks sign Jeremy Evans to two-year minimum deal

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The Mavericks have agreed to a two-year minimum deal with former Jazz swingman Jeremy Evans, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:

Evans is best known for winning the 2012 dunk contest:

The following year, he jumped over a self-portrait that he painted himself, which is pretty cool:

He doesn’t have very many NBA skills beyond jumping high, but for a minimum signing of a bench guy, the Mavericks could do worse.