J. J. Barea G DAL 2 months ago

Barea said he hopes to return to the Mavericks next season, ESPN reports.

A free agent his offseason, Barea expressed his interest in returning to Dallas, where he's played six of his nine NBA seasons. The other three were spent in Minnesota, where Barea signed as a free agent after helping the Mavs to the 2011 title. He returned to Dallas this season on a veteran's minimum deal after being bought out by the Wolves. While Barea intimated that he may not be willing to accept another minimum contract, he also noted that he doesn't plan to demand a large deal. According to a source, Barea, 30, is expected to seek a two- or three-year deal that would pay him around $3 million annually. Even with Devin Harris and Raymond Felton ($3.95 million player option) under contract next season, the Mavs will likely attempt to re-sign Barea, who is one of the most dependable backup point guards in the league. His assist to turnover ratio in 2014-15 ranked third in the NBA behind only Chris Paul and Ty Lawson.

J. J. Barea G DAL 2 months ago

Barea struggled from the field in Game 5s loss to the Rockets, going just 3-for-12 for six points, six rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in 37 minutes of action.

Barea, who recently took over as the starting point guard with Rajon Rondo out, was able to put up a solid performance Tuesday in spite of a cold shooting night. His contributions have been vital for the Mavericks during their 2015 Playoff run, averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. While it's unclear if Barea will remain in Dallas next season, he's shown that he can produce efficiently when given the minutes.

J. J. Barea G DAL 2 months ago

Barea started Sunday's Game 4 against the Rockets with Rajon Rondo shut down for the season, and scored 17 points (7-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with three rebounds, 13 assists and a steal in 36 minutes.

Barea will be the No. 1 point guard in Dallas for the remainder of the playoffs. With Rondo missing part of Game 3 as well, Barea had 11 points and nine assists.

J. J. Barea G DAL 2 months ago

Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting Friday. He added nine assists and six rebounds in the loss to the Rockets.

Barea played 25 minutes off the bench with Rajon Rondo (back) and Raymond Felton (hamstring) out or nursing injuries. He will likely see big minutes again on Sunday when Dallas looks to avoid a first-round sweep.

J. J. Barea G DAL 2 months ago

Barea had 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 34 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to Houston.

Barea was already in line for an increased role with Devin Harris (toe) sidelined, but Rajon Rondo's foul trouble and overall ineffectiveness allowed him to run the point for most of Tuesday's game. As long as Harris is out, Barea should still see a good amount of run, but it's unlikely that Rondo will get only 10 minutes of playing time in another playoff game.

J. J. Barea G DAL 2 months ago

Barea could be in line for a larger dose of minutes with teammate Devin Harris (toe) a question mark entering Game 2.

Barea led the Dallas bench in minutes played in Game 1 with 22 minutes. He finished with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

J. J. Barea G DAL 3 months ago

Barea scored just three points on 1-of-6 shooting Wednesday. He added one assist, one rebound, and a steal in the win over Portland.

Barea played 22 minutes with reserve point guard Devin Harris out with a toe injury,

J. J. Barea G DAL 3 months ago

Barea scored a team-high 18 points (8-15 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with two rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes off the bench Monday.

He took advantage of the extra looks available with a number of Mavs starters getting the night off. Barea will likely have a tough time repeating the performance on Wednesday in the team's regular season finale, however.

J. J. Barea G DAL 3 months ago

Updating a previous note, Barea will not get the start Monday against Utah, Earl Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

The Star-Telegram reported an incorrect lineup earlier in the evening which listed Barea as the starting shooting guard. Instead, it will be Raymond Felton. Nonetheless, Barea could pick up a few extra minutes with Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis out.

J. J. Barea G DAL 3 months ago

Barea will get the start Monday, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Barea will get the nod at shooting guard as the Mavs rest a number of regulars, including Monta Ellis. Expect Barea to see significant minutes, while Devin Harris could also see a larger role.