The Mavericks opened training camp Tuesday with about a…

The Mavericks opened training camp Tuesday with about as much good health as a team can realistically expect. J.J. Barea, who missed the last half of the 2018-19 season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon, went through virtually all of the first practice session. Kristaps Porzingis, last year’s blockbuster addition who missed the entire season after major knee surgery, was a full participant. And Tim Hardaway Jr., who had left tibia surgery for a stress reaction that cut his 2018-19 season short by 11 games, also had no limitations.

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Tim MacMahon: Mavs guard J.J. Barea has opted to take a cautious approach in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles instead of pushing to play for Puerto Rico in the World Cup. Barea is encouraged with his progress but has accepted that rushing to play in less than 8 months isn’t worth risk.
Tim MacMahon: Barea told ESPN that this was an extremely difficult decision due to how much pride he takes in representing Puerto Rico. He’s still trying to help his national team in the World Cup by recruiting pro players with Puerto Rican roots.
And, though it will come barely eight months after his serious injury, Barea plans on being healthy for the start of training camp. “I feel really good,” he said. “Every week, the workouts get better and faster and stronger. I feel good about starting training camp ready to go. I’m doing basketball (stuff). Pick and roll. I’m jumping rope already. I should be (jumping full speed) in the next couple weeks.” Barea has spent this week taking part in Mavericks’ Hoop Camps and on Wednesday was in Plano entertaining about 200 kids at Prestonwood High School.
One thing that Barea said Durant can without question expect is a long, arduous and at times boring grind that will not end for Durant until sometime in 2020. “I’m five months into it,” the 34-year-old guard said. “I’m basically coming in everyday from 9 to 12 in the morning and I do weights, then do court work and then go back to weights. But I’m basically doing it all on the court already. I’m doing pick-and-rolls, floaters, 3-point shots, a little bit of conditioning. I feel great.”
Barea has his annual basketball camp for kids on July 1, before the expected birth of their son, and his charity golf tournament is in Puerto Rico in early August. Also, it’s still possible Barea could be involved with the Puerto Rico national team in the basketball world cup. “I 100 percent want to do it,” Barea said. “It’s a possibility. A couple weeks before, I’ll decide. It’s going to be hard to do, but I don’t want to close the door on it. My doctors say I should be able to do whatever I want on the court by August.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA has awarded the Dallas Mavericks a Disabled Player Exception of $1.85M with the loss of JJ Barea for the season, league sources tell ESPN. Dallas can use $1.95M to acquire a player in a trade. DPE expires March 11, 2019.
A day after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon, Dallas Mavericks guard J. J. Barea is resting comfortably. And looking forward to getting back on the court at some point next season. “His spirits are good,” coach Rick Carlisle said after Tuesday’s practice at the Lympo practice facilities. “From everything I understand the surgery went extremely well. I think everybody texted with him yesterday from the team. A lot of us are going to go see him today.”
“The indications are that the surgery went as well as could possibly be expected,” Carlisle said. “It’s going to be a long road, but I defy anyone to bet against J. J. Barea on anything. It’s a great challenge, but he’s taken them on his whole life and his whole career.”
An MRI conducted Saturday on J. J. Barea revealed that the Dallas Mavericks’ 13-year veteran guard suffered a rupture of his right Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of Friday’s road game in Minnesota. The Mavs noted that Barea is currently weighing his surgery options and that an update will be given at a later date.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Barea would get an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of what the team officially referred to as a "right lower leg injury." Barea, 34, a longtime Dallas fan favorite who played a key role on the 2011 championship team, has been the leader of one of the NBA's most effective bench units this season. He is averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 assists in 19.8 minutes per game.
Dwain Price: Barea (ankle) said he's going to play Tuesday against the Nuggets. @Dallas Mavericks
Dwain Price: Carlisle on Barea (groin), Matthews (hamstring) and Powell (knee) not playing tonight against Memphis: "These guys are all considered day-to-day, which is good. But at this point and time the smart thing to do is to sit Barea, Powell and Matthews tonight." @Dallas Mavericks
Dwain Price: Carlisle on Barea (hamstring): "Barea is doing better. He did some noncontact things and did some full court running today. He’ll be back at some point but we’re not going to put him out there until he’s absolutely 100 percent and has at least 1 or 2 practices under his belt."
Bobby Karalla: Carlisle said Barea will fly home after aggravating his oblique and will rejoin the team after the road trip. Barea said he will not play again this season. Doesn't want to aggravate it any further ahead of the summer.
Dwain Price: Guard J.J. Barea didn't make the trip to Cali. for personal reasons and will miss tomorrow's game against the Kings and Wednesday's game against the Lakers. #mavs
Eddie Sefko: JJ Barea (rib) will not play tonight at Denver, per Rick Carlisle.
Earl K. Sneed: J.J. Barea (left groin strain) is in uniform for the @Dallas Mavericks and will return after missing the Mavs' 105-102 defeat in Denver. #DALatPOR
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says J.J. Barea has a groin that has been bothering him. "It was clear he was struggling." #DALvsLAL
This time the Mavericks believe they have corrected the problem and don’t foresee any future issues with the 11-year veteran. “Yeah, I feel really good,” Barea said Thursday. “We were more patient this time – did a lot of extra stuff – so hopefully I’m able to start [Friday] and then finish the year strong.” Barea will be on a minutes restriction, but coach Rick Carlisle didn’t provide a number.
Eddie Sefko: The earliest J.J. Barea will play is a week from today, coach Rick Carlisle said Friday.
The non-contact injury occurred late in the fourth quarter when Barea simply went up for a jump shot. “After a shot, I went to step to the side, and I think I ran into the fans behind me and the fans sitting down,” Barea told Mavs.com after the game. “I looked back, but nobody touched me. When I went to step, that’s when I knew something was wrong with my calf.”
Eddie Sefko: More Barea: "We’re winning games. And I was feeling good. And it happened again. I’m going to have to shut it down for a while.”
Seeing his team in need of a spark after falling to 1-1 on their current homestand following Thursday’s 102-95 loss to Phoenix, veteran guard J.J. Barea hopes to make his return to the lineup Saturday night and provide a boost for the Dallas Mavericks.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs guard J.J. Barea is expected to be considered day-to-day after Christmas, a source told ESPN. Further testing on his lower left leg indicated that Barea's muscle strain isn't serious. Barea was pulled early from Wednesday's win in Portland, his second game back after missing a month due to a calf strain, after experiencing pain in the area of his Achilles tendon. He was sent back to Dallas for further testing, which confirmed that this soreness is related to the previous calf strain, and will not be available for tonight's road game against the Clippers.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, J.J. Barea (left calf strain) has been upgraded to questionable tonight in Denver. Dirk Nowitzki & Andrew Bogut are out.
Earl K. Sneed: J.J. Barea says he hopes to return to game action sometime next week. He will ramp up his activity in practice over the next week.
In the midst of his best start to an NBA season, J.J. Barea said Thursday he will miss about a month and a half of action with the Dallas Mavericks due to a left leg injury. Shortly after being evaluated by the organization's medical staff, Barea spoke with El Nuevo Día and revealed he suffered a tear in a muscle connecting his left calf to his Achilles tendon.
J.J. Barea on his calf strain: "Hopefully I don't need surgery or anything, just got to wait. Never felt that feeling before, so hopefully it's not that bad. Feels like you got shot or you're trying to run and get shot in the leg. That's how you feel for a second. I've been having problems with my Achilles lately and I thought it was it, but it's fine so hopefully it's not bad."
But with his health in question, the Puerto Rican national team may be forced to qualify for the Olympics without their unquestioned leader. With that said, Barea vows to return to his elite play next season, hoping to use this summer to recover from his minor aches and pains. “I’ve got to let the groin heal and just get some rest. I’ve got to get a small scope on my right knee, and then we’ll go from there,” Barea explained.
He added: “I’ve got to give this some rest. And when this is all good, I’ll see how I feel and make a decision. … You know, it’s super important for me to play for Puerto Rico, and I think it also helps me to stay ready for the next season, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Earl K. Sneed: J.J. Barea says he will need a scope to address his right medial meniscus this week. He will also let his right groin heal.
Barea will miss Game 2 because of a groin strain that sidelined him for two of the Mavs' last three regular-season games. He aggravated the injury on a layup during the second quarter Saturday and did not return to the game after fouling on the next possession. Williams is listed as doubtful because of a sports hernia that caused him to miss eight games late in the regular season. He performed poorly in Game 1, scoring only two points on 1-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes.
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle says he is "very, very concerned" about the status of J.J. Barea after the Mavs guard aggravated his strained groin.
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Kevin Durant, James Harden back on good terms

ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.

Grant Williams addresses Jaylen Brown trade rumors

After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. “It kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you’re the focal point. It’s one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘oh dang, Al Jefferson.’ It’s not even like a difference,” said Williams.
“I think he’s going to approach it even better. He’s going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn’t work out, which, I don’t know what it is or not, I’m not involved in none of those processes,” stated Williams. “But I think that he’s going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he’s going to be very, very, very, very secure because he’s secure of himself and he’s secure of what he’s going to be.”
Green then admitted that it’s usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don’t always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: “That’s just not how we roll,” Green said. “So I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it’s in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I’m like ‘Klay stop shooting the ball’ and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.”

Dwyane Wade on Heat Big 3: 'The hate was because of our skin color'

It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.”
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.”
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK