HoopsHype JJ Barea rumors
Barea doesn't close the door on the Mavs, who at the beginning of the summer sounded as if they were trying to once again retain his services. He has strong rapport with the Dallas owner. "It's a great relationship with Mark Cuban. If they want to bring me back to Dallas, I am very [good] with it," he said. "But I'm happy in Minnesota. They're the ones that wanted me there, the ones that signed me for four years, so until they decide to trade me, I'm going to give them all my effort in the games." ESPN.com
"We have a great team," Barea said, citing Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. "We also have Kevin Martin and new guys. Our problem is that we haven't been able to maintain ourselves healthy. If we stay healthy, we see ourselves in the playoffs." ESPN.com
Barea crosses his fingers so that none of the heavyweights stay behind. That includes Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic, who re-signed for five years and $60 million, refusing to play in the European championship with Serbia and Montenegro so he could seal his deal. "We had to bring him back," Barea said. "He is our big man and maintaining the same group always is important." ESPN.com
O.J. Mayo might help the Mavs bring back one of Dirk Nowitzki’s championship buddies. With the Timberwolves among the teams recruiting Mayo, the Mavs have had discussions with Minnesota about a sign-and-trade that would net 2011 Finals hero J.J. Barea. ESPN.com
"I understand that my private life should belong to me alone, but seeing the insinuations that have appeared in the media that are not true, I decided to deal with the situation and speak openly about it. Zuleyka and I have not been together for some time," Barea said. GlobalPost
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