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J.J. Barea suffers hamstring strain during camp

J.J. Barea

The Dallas Mavs suffered a pair of injuries during Thursday’s practice session, as both Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea went down with hamstring issues. Barnes will be out of commission for roughly 10 days with a right hamstring, but Barea (left hamstring) has been listed as day-to-day.

“Harrison tweaked his hamstring yesterday, so he’s going to miss some time,” Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said in an official statement. “Barea has a little bit of a hamstring issue. He missed a few days of contact.”

J.J. Barea, now 34 years of age, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. In 69 regular season appearances with the Mavs during their 2017-18 campaign, the Puerto Rico native racked up averages of 11.6 points (career-high) on 43.9 percent shooting from the field (36.7 percent from beyond the arc, 6.3 assists (career-high), and 2.9 rebounds (career-high) in 23.2 minutes per outing.

At this point, there is no timetable for Barea’s return. However, coach Carlisle did note that Barea should be back before Barnes, who could miss the entire preseason.

“I don’t know exactly the timetable,” Carlisle said. “But he’ll be back before Harrison.”

The Mavs play their first preseason game on Saturday. Whether or not J.J. Barea will be well enough to suit up remains to be seen. All things considered, the savvy veteran should be ready to take the reigns at backup point guard when the season starts in earnest.