JJ Barea ‘frustrated’ by lack of playing time following Luka Doncic, Mavs’ elimination
The season for the Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic came to an end on Sunday, following their Game 6 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round playoffs matchup. It was a disappointing conclusion to what was an amazing run for the Mavs, and veteran guard JJ Barea could not help but share his frustration.
JJ Barea opened up about his lack of playing time this season, and hinted that a move away from Dallas might be on the horizon:
“I still want to play basketball, I feel like I can still play basketball, ” said JJ Barea, per HoopsHype. “I don’t know exactly where. If it is going to be in Dallas, I know what they want is to move me to coach. If I want to play basketball, I have to go the other way.”
JJ Barea played just 29 games for the Mavs this season, spending most of his time warming the bench. Against the Clippers in the first round, the 36-year-old made just one appearance, logging five minutes in Dallas’ Game 4 win.
When asked about his plans for the future, JJ Barea admitted that while he wants to remain in the NBA, he is not closing the door on a potential move abroad:
“For now I want to play in the NBA,” added Barea. “I haven’t thought much about other options. There will be [options], but I am used to this life and the NBA. Spain is always an option. It was my Plan B before I got to the NBA. That was many years ago.”
JJ Barea will be a free agent in the upcoming season, and as it seems, he may not be part of the Mavs’ plans for the future.