Mavs’ J.J. Barea expects to be ready for training camp
J.J. Barea is expecting to be ready for the upcoming training camp after signing a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. The 6-foot point guard is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, one he suffered in early January that ruled him out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Barea landed awkwardly after a made layup late in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, quickly clutching his lower leg afterward. He was then helped off the court and went straight to the locker room moments later.
Now in the last few years of his career, the 35-year-old will likely take third-string duties behind Delon Wright and Jalen Brunson, acting as a mentor for the many young players this franchise has rostered over the course of the past few years.
The guard announced last month he would not be taking part on Puerto Rico’s World Cup run, which will allow him enough time to enter NBA training camp and get his bearings after nearly eight months without much action.
While it’s unlikely that Barea will have major contributions at this point, his veteran savvy and the experience he can bring to the table should prove plenty for a team with a bevy of international flavor and a lot of bright talents that could sneak up on an unsuspecting Western Conference.