Dallas Mavericks: JJ Barea Reports Successful Surgery
Add another name to the long list of Dallas Mavericks players requiring offseason surgery; this time it’s J.J. Barea.
The Dallas Mavericks injury issues were incredibly significant this season. Almost no player on the roster escaped the year without some sort of ailment or injury that needed attention once the offseason began.
Of these players, J.J. Barea suffered one of the more significant injuries as he went down with torn cartilage in his knee. Although the severity of the injury was covered up relatively well by the organization, Barea did require a surgical repair of the damaged cartilage.
It was reported early last week (per Eddie Sefko) that the surgery had gone well and Barea was expected to be back at it before too long. This is good news for Mavericks fans who have grown to love and appreciate what Barea is capable of on the basketball court.
It is important to remember for Dallas that, not only did we suffer a number of injuries, but they also happened to come at very inopportune moments often times as well. Barea, for instance, sustained his injury shortly after some of the best basketball of his entire career.
Although Barea had already signed a big contract and was guaranteed a lot of money, this season still felt like proving grounds for the veteran guard. A number of sources had voiced their distaste with the Mavericks for overpaying Barea.
One of the main reasons people believed he was getting the money was so that the team could finally have some continuity to it with returning bodies. The Mavs however knew it was a contract that Barea had earned.
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All Mavs faithful are wishing for a healthy and swift recovery for Barea and are excited for the opportunity to see him on the court in years to come. If they are anything like the tail end of last season, it should be entertaining.