June 18, 2021 | 6:55 pm EDT Update
Long-time Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea – as former coach Rick Carlisle has often noted the last connection to the franchise’s 2011 NBA championship – is ready to move from a playing career overseas to a position on the Mavs’ coaching staff that Carlisle just left behind. “For sure,” Barea said on Friday when DallasBasketball.com asked him about the idea of coming back to Dallas to be a part of the next coaching staff here. “That’s what I want.”
Barea has long been the subject of discussion in regard to joining the Mavs as a staffer or coach, in part because he was valuable in helping Luka Doncic make the off-the-court transition to America and the NBA. But the 36-year-old said on that retirement day, “I want to make sure everybody knows I want to play. Anything could happen this year, with the COVID, injuries. I might be back here in Dallas playing. I’ve seen it all in the NBA. I’ve seen some crazy stuff.”
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The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Peter J. Holt has been elevated to Managing Partner. At the same time, Sixth Street, a leading global investment firm, and Michael Dell have joined the Spurs investor group as Strategic Partners. Both moves are pending NBA Board of Governors approval. The transaction is scheduled to close next week.
“We are forever grateful for the contributions of every Spurs investor dating back to 1973. There are countless individuals who have impacted the organization and our community in so many ways over the last five decades,” said Peter J. Holt. “The Holt family is excited to continue working with all of our investors to provide the support, leadership and resources needed for the Spurs to continue to thrive in San Antonio.”