Dallas Mavericks: Grading the J.J. Barea signing

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Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea agreed to a new one-year contract on July 1. Here is a grade for that deal from a Mavs perspective.

Dallas Mavericks fan favorite J.J. Barea again entered free agency this offseason. It was nothing new for him. Barea has hit the open market five times during his 13-year NBA career. There was something a bit different this year, though.

Barea tore his Achilles on Jan. 11. The 35-year-old was having another strong season leading the Mavs second unit, and it all ended in an instant. Now, Barea is in the midst of recovering from the injury that has hampered plenty of NBA careers. That is the biggest question mark heading into the 2019-2020 season for the point guard.

Barea’s free agency was never much of a decision. He always planned to return to Dallas. He stated as much during his exit interview.

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It did not take the Mavericks front office long to make a deal with the franchise icon. Shams Charania reported that the two sides agreed on a one-year veteran minimum contract on July 1. None of that should come as a surprise.

Was bringing back J.J. Barea a wise move for the Dallas Mavericks? He is a 35-year-old that is coming off perhaps the worst injury in basketball. Today, we will take an in-depth look at the signing, including an injury update and how Barea helps the Mavs in the 2019-2020 season. Ultimately, a letter grade will be given for the new contract.

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