Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum will have surgery to repair a separated left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, and there is no announced timeline for his return. Exum was injured in a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 6 when he landed awkwardly on the floor. The 2014 No. 5 overall pick was hoping to have a career year as a restricted free agent. Coach Quin Snyder was playing Exum as a point guard and off guard this season, and there were additional opportunities with the departures of Gordon Hayward and George Hill. This is the second significant injury of Exum's short career. A torn ACL kept him from playing in 2015-16.
The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2018-19 options on guard Devin Booker, forward Dragan Bender and forward Marquese Chriss. Booker led the Suns with 22.1 points per game last season, the third-highest scoring average ever posted by a player 20-years-old-or-younger at season’s end, behind only LeBron James in 2004-05 and Kevin Durant in 2008-09. The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker’s 2,774 total points through his first two seasons trail only James, Durant and Carmelo Anthony for the fourth-most ever by an NBA player before his 21st birthday. Bender averaged 7.2 points and 7.0 rebounds this preseason, after averaging 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.51 blocks in 43 appearances
The thrilling summer of free agency has come and gone, but there is still plenty to talk about in terms of contracts. That's because it's extension time in the NBA, with players and teams having until Oct. 16 to finalize new deals. We'll keep you up to date on all the new deals being inked around the league below: Oct. 16: LaMarcus Aldridge , San Antonio Spurs The Spurs and Aldridge have had a rough couple of years, but the two sides have figured out whatever problems they had and reached an agreement on an extension for three-years $72.3 million. Oct. 9: Joel Embiid , Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid is the face of "The Process" and it appears to have been trusted. The 76ers will be signing Embiid