Are the Rockets planning to bring back Dante Exum?


At this time, the Houston Rockets do not have a spot open for the 2021-22 NBA season training camp. That doesn’t mean, however, that they won’t make a transaction to create one.

Several clues over the weekend seemed to point to a possible reunion between the Rockets and Dante Exum, who was on Houston’s roster last season as part of James Harden’s hit January 2021 trade. However, he never actually played in a game due to a calf injury.

First, photos on social media appeared to show Exum with other Houston players as part of the team’s recent trip to the Bahamas for practice. Then Felix Von Hofe – a former professional basketball player in Australia and current member of the media – tweeted that Exum plans to sign with the Rockets “in the next few days.” Exum is from Australia and played for the Australian team this offseason at the Olympics, so it’s entirely possible that some news about his future could come out of there.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Exum was the No.5 pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. He was a dynamic perimeter defenseman during his years at Utah and Cleveland, and at 26, he is still young enough that this talent can continue until a stint with the Rockets. Exum’s recent performance at the Olympics has been well received and may have helped convince NBA teams that his health issues are a thing of the past.

The financial terms of the potential deal are not yet clear. However, given Exum’s lack of health and playing time during the 2020-21 season, it would be a surprise if there was a lot of money guaranteed, if any.

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