Starved of opportunities in Utah, Dante Exum will have the chance to spread his NBA wings alongside Boomers teammate Matthew Dellavedova after reportedly being traded to Cleveland.
The guard’s NBA move was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday in a deal that would see Jordan Clarkson join the Jazz in exchange for Exum and two future second-round picks.
Drafted No.5 in 2014, Exum has battled constant injuries and never established himself in the Jazz rotation, which features Boomers star Joe Ingles.
Cleveland have been successful in developing young players and will try to do the same with Exum, who will make $9.6 million ($A13.9m) this season and next.
The 24-year-old has endured knee, shoulder and ankle injuries in a frustrating NBA career but when fully fit has shown his capabilities as a competent two-way guard.
Exum’s averaged just 5.7 points in 215 career games, with 68 starts.
This season he’s played just 83 minutes in 11 appearances and averaged a paltry 2.2 points with Jazz coach Quin Snyder reluctant to utilise Exum’s talents despite a lack of output from their bench.
Exum, a likely member of next year’s Olympics campaign, will battle young back-court duo Darius Garland and Collin Sexton as well as Dellavedova for minutes in Cleveland.
His Cavaliers debut could come later this week against Boston or Minnesota.
Before Tuesday’s games, Cleveland are struggling in the east with a record of 8-21 while the Jazz are 18-11 and among the contenders in the star-studded western conference.
The Exum trade is the first in the league since Russell Westbrook’s move to Houston from Oklahoma City for Chris Paul more than four months ago, ending the largest trade drought in the NBA since 1968.