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SALT LAKE CITY — Coming into the summer of 2018, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey made it clear: his first priority was getting his team's free agents under contract.

Mission accomplished. On Tuesday, point guards Dante Exum and Raul Neto agreed to terms with the Jazz to multi-year contracts, keeping the team that surprised the league with a first-round upset over Oklahoma City together.

Exum agreed to sign a three-year, $33 million dollar deal to stay with the Jazz, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The No. 5 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft was a restricted free agent, adding 8.1 points and 3.1 assists in the 14 games he played after returning from shoulder surgery.

He also had an up-and-down playoffs for the Jazz in 2018. After finding his minutes minimized in the first-round series against Oklahoma City, Exum was needed for defensive reasons against the Houston Rockets, spending significant time defending James Harden well.

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Neto and the Jazz agreed on a two-year, $4.4 million contract; [Wojnarowski was the first to break the news](

Neto played in 41 games for the Jazz last year in an injury-laden season, averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 assists in 12 minutes per game. Neto improved his 3-point shooting in 2017-18, making 40 percent of his 3-point attempts overall and 46.2 percent from the corners.

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The Jazz signed Derrick Favors to a two-year, $36 million deal on Monday. They must decide whether or not to guarantee the contracts of Jonas Jerebko and Ekpe Udoh by July 9.

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