The Dallas Mavericks are gearing up to face the LA Clippers in the playoffs. They finished fifth in the Western Conference and won the Southwest Division title for the first time since 2010. It was an incredible turnaround after a slow start.
Mavericks legend J.J. Barea broke the news that he is returning home to Puerto Rico to play for Cangrejeros de Santurce this summer. In 2006, Barea played nine games with the team before joining the Mavs for training camp.
It will be a homecoming for Barea, but what should fans expect on the court? Will the 36-year-old dominate the league? Let us take a closer look.
What to expect from Dallas Mavericks legend J.J. Barea with his new team
Barea played 14 seasons in the NBA, including 11 with the Mavs. Dallas signed him to a veteran minimum deal in the offseason but cut him during training camp. The veteran point guard latched on with Movistar Estudiantes in Spain where he averaged 12.6 points, 4.7 assists, and 0.9 steals in 22.6 minutes per game over 18 contests.
Barea will be looking to lead Cangrejeros de Santurce back to glory. They finished second the last time the Dallas Mavericks legend was on the team before winning the title in 2007. Barea is still one of the best pick and roll ball handlers in the world. He lost some quickness and burst after his Achilles injury, but expect him to be productive and effective in his native country.
It would not be surprising to see him have a few incredible games. Barea had a 20-point game in Spain this season. He scored 15 or more four times in 18 contests. Expect Barea to get buckets and help his team win.
The 36-year-old may be the biggest star in his new league as well. He is beloved in Puerto Rico and one of only 15 players from his country to play in the NBA. Expect J.J. Barea to be at the center of the BSN this season. Stay tuned for updates on how J.J. Barea is performing with Cangrejeros de Santurce. Do not miss it.