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Mavs’ JJ Barea vows to return with a ‘way better’ jump shot next season

JJ Barea, Mavs

After suffering an Achilles tendon tear earlier in the 2018-19 season, Dallas Mavericks guard JJ Barea is now healthy and vows to return next year with a ‘way better’ jump shot.

Per Eddie Sefko of Mavs.com, the Mavs veteran shared that he’s ‘feeling great’ as he recovers from his injury. Barea also noted that he’s back to working on his game while noting that he plans to go all-out in improving his jump shot in the summer.

“My jump shot is going to be way better because I’m going to shoot more than ever in the summer,” Barea said. “It feels great. I’m super-positive about it. I saw the doctor last week and he was super-excited. Things are looking great. No setbacks and I feel great.”

To recall, Barea suffered a torn Achilles tendon on January 11 which cut his season short. It was the Puerto Rican’s first major injury of his 13-year career. He admitted that what he’s going through is something he’s never experienced before, though he seems up for the challenge.

“It’s something new,” Barea added. “I never had to do this all summer. I’m learning a lot. But it’s a grind. You got to wake up every day and you don’t have a game to play. It’s not like, I got a game on Friday and I want to be able to play. No. You just got to grind and compete in drills by yourself. You end up competing against yourself.”

Barea, who’s been a key component of the Mavs success over the last few years, is set to enter free agency this summer. It remains to be seen if Dallas will bring him back, though it could be a possibility since Barea is a fan-favorite in the city.