June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the first round draft board at the conclusion of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Dante Exum unlikely to workout for teams outside of top four

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Before workouts began, Australian point guard Dante Exum suggested he wouldn’t work out for any team but the Los Angeles Lakers. That hard line stance was later softened (mildly) when he decided to include the Boston Celtics as a team he’d be willing to play for, but those were the only two organizations he was willing to suit up for.

Of course, we haven’t exactly heard much from Exum himself but rather his father who’s become a bit of a thorn in the side of most NBA teams, though, that hasn’t stopped them from pursing the talented point who now will work out for teams in the top four which include the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic.

ESPN insider Chad Ford says he does not believe Exum will work out for any teams picking outside of the top four, at least not currently.

Exum would presumably work out for the Cleveland Cavaliers if they so inclined as it’s the Cavs who select first overall, but they appear more enamored with the idea of drafting Joel Embiid or Andrew Wiggins with the first overall selection and may not waste much time on Exum.

Of course, working out for a team isn’t nearly as important as it once was as there is an absurd amount of documentation and video on prospects which almost all but eliminates the need for a face-to-face meeting. That could lead to a team drafting Exum if he’s to fall out of the top four, despite the fact he may not have worked out for them.

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  • J Taylor

    Smart move by his agent (aka Kobe’s agent too!).
    Orlando seems to be set on Smart, and rightfully so.
    If they do pick smart, Exum could slip to the Lakers.
    By not working out for Boston and Utah he stands a better chance of falling IF Orlando passes.
    (Btw, it’s been said that Boston is locked on Gordon….. that leaves ONLY Utah….)

    I see it like this:
    If Smart is picked first, Exum Drops.
    If Exum is picked first, Smart Drops.
    If Both are gone by the time LA picks, Vonleh is probably the pick.

    • Draftdog

      If Exum drops to the seventh pick, there will be at least three very mournful GMs by years end. More likely Vonleh will be your Lakers guy.