Dallas applies for disabled player exception in wake of J.J. Barea’s Achilles surgery
On Friday night, Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea suffered a torn right Achilles in the fourth quarter of their matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In lieu of his injury, which could be season-ending, the Mavs have applied for a disabled player exception.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 14, 2019
Barea, now 34-years-old, underwent surgery on Monday morning to repair his ruptured tendon. According to a report from Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the procedure was performed by Dr. Eugene Curry and Dr. Daniel Worrel at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas. Currently, there is no timetable for Barea’s return.
“It’s gut-wrenching for all of us,” Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters prior to Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. “Its gut-wrenching for the team, for the coaches, for the fans, and I do think that he will be back.
“I really do believe that he will be back, but it’s hard to put into a few words what J.J. Barea has meant to everybody here. He’s one of the really truly most resourceful players in Mavericks history. A great winner and a leader, and he was having another great year.”
If Barea is indeed out for the remainder of this season, it will be a tough blow for the Mavs, who are currently holding the 12th in the Western Conference standings with a 20-23 record. In 38 appearances with the team this season, the Napoleon-sized floor general racked up averages of 10.9 points on 41.8 percent shooting from the field (29.7 percent from beyond the arc), 5.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per outing.
If there’s a positive for Barea, it’s that he has a teammate in swingman Wesley Matthews who suffered the same injury in March of 2015.
“I told him there’s not going to be a slogan or a catchphrase that’s going to make it go away,” Matthews told ESPN. “You’re going to have to take your time. You’re going to have to do your due diligence. Attack it every single day.”
The Mavs will be back in action on Wednesday, when they’ll welcome the San Antonio Spurs to town. Tip-off inside the American Airlines Center is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.