Exum ruled out of Australia's Olympic squad


There will be no Olympic dream for Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum.

At least, not in 2016.

The Jazz announced on Saturday that the Australian would take no part in his country's Olympic campaign as he continues his rehabilitation from surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

Exum suffered the injury while playing for Australia against Slovenia on August 4 and as his rehabilitation program picks up, his employers are keen to keep his recovery in-house and ensure he is fit for the 2016-17 NBA season.

The first-round pick said he was disappointed he could not help the Boomers in Rio, but said his focus had to be on getting back to full fitness for the Jazz.

"At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," said Exum.

"It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year.

"My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country."

Exum averaged 4.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 22.2 minutes as a rookie during the 2014-15 season and was selected to compete in the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend.