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J.J. Barea plans to be ready for training camp


Veteran point guard JJ Barea will be returning to the Dallas Mavericks next season after he reportedly agreed on a one-year deal. The one-time champion is coming off an Achilles injury which he suffered back in January, and fans are wondering about how effective he will be moving forward.

But Barea is pretty confident about where he is at the moment in terms of his health. He told Mavs.com’s Eddie Sefko in an interview that he expects to be ready for training camp, which will begin in September.

“I feel really good. Every week, the workouts get better and faster and stronger. I feel good about starting training camp ready to go. I’m doing basketball (stuff). Pick and roll. I’m jumping rope already. I should be (jumping full speed) in the next couple weeks.”

If it is true that Barea is planning to return by training camp, then that means he’ll be fully recovered in eight months. One can argue that he might be rushing his return, especially considering the fact that NBA players who suffered Achilles injuries in the past needed at least close to a full year before they step onto the court again.

But Barea seems to be pretty confident with how he’s handling the recovery process. If he will be 100 percent ready before the start of the regular season, then he will be a welcome addition to the Mavericks as he will be one of their best players off the bench.

He averaged 10.9 points and 5.6 assists in 38 games for Dallas last season.