Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agents to replace J.J. Barea if he leaves
Free agent that could replace J.J. Barea for Dallas Mavericks: 1. Reggie Jackson
Jackson may not fit this bill. He signed a five-year $80 million deal with the Pistons in 2015. Things did not work out as planned. Detroit waived him in February which allowed Jackson to join the LA Clippers for the remainder of the season. The 30-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Jackson primarily came off the bench for the Clippers. Injuries have plagued him in recent seasons. He played just 30 games this year combined between Detroit and LA. Jackson averaged 11.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 24.0 minutes per game. The 30-year-old would not want to be the third-string point guard in Dallas.
Is he an upgrade for the Mavericks bench? Yes. Jackson could take Delon Wright’s minutes. He would give them a capable ball-handler, shooter, and scorer. Another team may offer him more than a veteran minimum deal. If so, the Mavs will not be interested. Dallas should be exploring every avenue this offseason, though.
No word on where J.J. Barea decides to play next season. Hopefully, he is back in Dallas. If not, the Mavericks will have plenty of options to fill his roster spot for the 2020-2021 season.