The Dallas Mavericks entered training camp with 16 guaranteed contracts. They re-signed J.J. Barea and added Wesley Iwundu to fill their final roster spot meaning one player had to be released before the start of the regular season. The Mavs decided to cut the veteran, but his $2.5 million salary for this season was fully guaranteed.
The organization wanted Barea to stick around. They offered him different roles, but the veteran point guard had a strong desire to continue playing. He battled back from a torn Achilles in Jan. 2019, but never got the chance to be part of the nightly rotation again. Perhaps, Barea wants to prove to himself that he still has the juice.
It appears the Mavericks legend has found his next basketball home. Marc Stein reported that Barea is signing a deal with Estudiantes in Spain. Let us take a closer look at what they should expect from the veteran.
Former Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea signs with Estudiantes
The Spanish club currently sits 16th in Liga ACB with just five wins in their first 16 games. Next Saturday, they have a clash with Real Madrid, who sit atop the league. Fans can bet Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic will be watching closely as his former team takes on his close friend.
Barea will get a chance to prove he can still dominate on the offensive end. He is a pick and roll master that keeps the scoring rolling while the starters get some rest. The 36-year-old should get a chance to play significant minutes in Spain. If he stands out, Barea could return to the NBA and sign with a team for the playoffs.
Hopefully, J.J. Barea dominates for Estudiantes, and he can end his playing career on his terms. Barea is a Dallas Mavericks legend that has a standing offer to work for the organization at any moment. Expect him back in Dallas soon enough. Until then, let’s enjoy him carving up defenses wherever he lands. Stay tuned.