Dante Exum. Photo: AP
LOS ANGELES - Australian basketball prodigy Dante Exum has opted not to take up a last-minute offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers to work out for the team.
The Cavaliers have the No.1 pick in Thursday's (Friday 10am AEST) NBA Draft.
Instead of flying to Cleveland, the 18-year-old point guard chose to stay in New York and spend time with his family ahead of the draft.
"I, along with my agent, decided we have everything planned," Exum told AAP.
"I'm just here enjoying it with my family in the Big Apple."
The draft will be announced in Brooklyn's Barclays Center, with Exum expected to be selected third by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavaliers, however, have a history of making surprise moves, including last year when they used their No.1 pick on forward Anthony Bennett.
Exum says he doesn't know who will select him.
"Now, I really don't know," he said.
If he is picked up by the 76ers, Exum could probably thank head coach Brett Brown.
The US-born Brown is the former head coach of the Australian Olympic team and invited a gangly Exum to a Boomers training camp when he was 15.
Exum said he enjoyed catching up with Brown when he worked out with the 76ers.
"He's a true Aussie," Exum said of Brown.
"He speaks like an Aussie. His wife and children are Australian.
"It was great to catch up with him."
Exum also worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks, owners of the No.2 pick, and the Orlando Magic, who have the fourth selection.