Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given the team jet to JJ Barea, who will bring resources to his home country of Puerto Rico.
Barea, 33, plans to bring his mother and grandmother back with him to the United States after devastating damage in Puerto Rico. Barea said the team filled the plane with water, medicine and other goods for delivery.
“It’s completely dark over there. No phone service, no power, no water, no nothing. We’re trying our best right now to help, and whenever we’ve got contact with [family], make a plan and start helping over the next couple of days and next couple of weeks. Puerto Rico’s completely destroyed. The water right now is the worst. The wind knocked everything down, but now the water is down and it’s the worst ever. We’ve had some bad ones, but never like this.”
Meanwhile, he and his wife Viviana Ortiz are raising money through You Caring for the relief effort as well. It’s the same online platform that JJ Watt used to help raise money for Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Barea has an offseason home in Puerto Rico and is the only Puerto Rican player in the NBA.