Report: Cavaliers trade Jordan Clarkson to Jazz for Dante Exum

The Cavs will receive two second-round picks in the trade

James Rapien
December 23, 2019 - 7:13 pm
Dec 17, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets guard Brandon Knight (2) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


CLEVELAND, OH — The Cavaliers have agreed to trade Jordan Clarkson to the Jazz for guard Dante Exum according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Utah will also send 2022 (via San Antonio) and 2023 (via Golden State) second-round picks to Cleveland according to the report. 

Clarkson, 27, is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season. The Jazz hope he can provide scoring off the bench. 

Exum has only played in 11 games for the Jazz this season. He was out of the rotation in Utah, averaging 2.2 points and 7.5 minutes per game.

The 24-year-old has dealt with plenty of injuries during his career. He missed all of the 2015-2016 season with a torn ACL. He also missed time after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2017 and suffered a partially torn patellar tendon in January. 

Clarkson was warming up for Monday night's game against Atlanta when news broke about the trade. The veteran guard will be a free agent after this season. 

With Clarkson no longer on the roster, rookie Kevin Porter Jr. will likely have a bigger role for the Cavs. The 19-year-old has shown plenty of potential as a rookie. An increased workload for Porter could help his development, which is big for the long-term future of the Cavaliers. 

Exum is under contract through the 2020-2021 season. The move creates a $3.83 million trade exception for the Cavaliers according to front office insider Bobby Marks. They also drop to $5.1 million below the luxury tax. 

The Cavaliers are expected to have between $28-30 million in cap space this offseason. 

The Jazz drafted Exum with the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Injuries have kept him of reaching his full potential. He's averaging 5.7 points on 40.1% shooting, 30.5% from 3-point range and 2.2 assists in 215 career games. 

At 6'6" tall, Exum will bring much needed height and length to the Cavaliers' backcourt. Watch some of his highlights from last season in the video below.