The Utah Jazz ensured that guard Dante Exum will remain with the team for the future after inking the Aussie to a three-year, $33 million contract extension earlier this summer, and Exum is looking to do more for his team now that his future is settled.
“I wanna play 82,” Exum said, according to Olgun Uluc of FOX Sports Australia. “I played 82 in my first season. That’s 100 percent my No. 1 goal. I think, just being given that opportunity to play 82, I’m going to earn my minutes, earn my time, and be in one of those critical roles where I can have a major impact.
“Not just an impact; a major impact on a team. I want to be that guy on at the end of the game, and even taking the last shot. I think that’s a goal I’ve definitely set for myself, and expect myself to make.”
Exum played in only 14 games in 2017-2018 season.
Bucks Waive Shabazz Muhammad
The Milwaukee Bucks have waived veteran swingman Shabazz Muhammad, according to an official team announcement.
Muhammad joined the Bucks last season following the finalization of his buyout from the Minnesota Timberwolves, playing in just 11 games with Milwaukee to close out the regular season and averaging 8.5 ppg during that span.
Muhammad will become an unrestricted free agent if he goes unclaimed on waivers on Saturday
Warriors’ Draymond Green Discusses Future with Team
As the Golden State Warriors prepare for the 2018-2019 season and a defense of their NBA Championship, again, they are also on the clock when it comes to new deals for Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, a big challenge for the cap strapped Warriors.
Additionally, former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green will also need a new deal from the team, but the veteran forward believes he is in the best position when determining his future with Golden State.
“I’m not sure how it plays out, but I think I’m in the best position out of everybody,” Green said, during an interview with ESPN’s Sam Alipour. “Steph was up, now Klay and Kevin are up. That gives me the opportunity to see what everyone else does. And quite frankly, if I am the first to bounce, unless it’s in 2020, it wouldn’t be my decision. I can get traded. But I’m last. I should be the least of everyone’s worries.”
Green wants to stay with the Warriors for the long-term, and has expressed a willingness to put the team first in the past.
“I’d love to [stay],” Green continued. “When you look around the league today, how many guys have been with one team? Kobe, Dirk [Nowitzki], Duncan, Manu [Ginobili]. It don’t happen like that anymore. That’d be amazing. But at the end of the day, it’s a business. Let the cards fall how they may.”
Jazz Exercise Third-year Option on Donovan Mitchell
The Utah Jazz have officially exercised their third year option on shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, the team officially announced on Wednesday via a press release.
With the option, Mitchell will make $3.1 million this season and $3.6 million next year.
Mitchell is a budding superstar in the laeague after an incredible rookie season in which he posted 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and was the runner up for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
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— Utah Jazz PR (@UtahJazzPR) October 11, 2018
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