NBA rumors: Jose Juan Barea determined to play in NBA this season

Tim MacMahon: J.J. Barea’s contract with the Spanish team Estudiantes includes an NBA out, sources told ESPN. Barea remains determined to play in NBA this season. Playing in Spain’s top division will give the longtime Mavericks PG a chance to play against good competition and showcase himself.

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Marc Stein: Barea, who turned 36 in June, has been determined to keep playing in the NBA since his Dallas release in December and could have a chance to catch on with an NBA team before the playoffs begin May 18 with Estudiantes' season potentially ending before that
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Mavs plan to sign Courtney Lee to replace J.J. Barea on camp roster. Like Barea, Lee was considered a leader and great vet in Dallas locker room despite not being in regular rotation last season. Mavs value that kind of presence even though Lee is roster long shot.
The Dallas Mavericks plan to release veteran point guard and fan favorite J.J. Barea, sources told ESPN. The Mavs anticipated making this move when they signed the 36-year-old Barea to a one-year deal worth the veteran's minimum of $2.6 million last month. That gave them 16 players with guaranteed contracts, one more than the regular-season roster limit.
Barea remains determined to play in the NBA this season before retiring as a player and pursuing a career in coaching, sources said. The move is expected to be made official after Thursday's practice, granting Barea's request to be released sooner than later if it was a certainty that he wouldn't be on the roster after final preseason cuts.
Brad Townsend: I'm told that Iwundu's contract is guaranteed, and this source also confirmed my earlier report that J.J. Barea will be back, but this source is telling me the Mavs still have one more roster spot. I knew Bey and Hinton were on 2-ways, but I obviously need to redo my math.
Friday night’s news that Trey Burke had agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract to remain a Maverick seemingly signaled the end of J.J. Barea’s 11-season tenure as a Dallas player. Wrong. According to a source on Saturday, the Mavericks and 36-year-old Barea plan on a 12th season here. As a player, not as an assistant coach, as some have speculated.
Three clubs in Spain's ACB League have already shown some interest in Puerto Rican point guard José Juan Barea. This was made known by Puerto Rican agent Christian Santaella, a friend of the Dallas Mavericks bucket-getter and who has communicated the interest of these teams to Barea.
Santaella believes that Barea will be out on the court for one or two more seasons. His priority will be to return to the NBA. “José is not going to let his NBA chapter close like this. He has basketball left and I understand that he can play 15 to 18 minutes per high-level game. This season, his time on the court was productive. He did not play much because the team wanted to give young people more opportunities. I think some NBA team is going to offer him a one-year deal. In the worst case scenario, he would go to play in the ACB where there are teams that have asked for him. I imagine he is going to rest for a while and in November and December he will decide where he is going to play. I don't see him retiring right now,” Santaella said.
José Juan Barea described today as “frustrating” that he did not have the opportunity to contribute to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA postseason, which concluded for his team on Sunday, and leaving the Puerto Rican player with many questions about what his future will be in the league and in the game.
“I still want to play basketball; I feel like I can still play basketball, ” said the Puerto Rican national team point guard. “I don't know exactly where. If it is going to be in Dallas, I know what they want is to move me to coach. If I want to play basketball, I have to go the other way,” he added.
Moving to another NBA city are options for him, as will playing in Europe, particularly in Spain, which has the second best-known league in the world in the ACB. “For now I want to play in the NBA. I haven't thought much about other options. There will be (options), but I am used to this life and the NBA,” he said. “Spain is always an option. It was my plan B before I got to the NBA. That was many years ago,” he added.
Tim MacMahon: J.J. Barea signed a one-year veteran’s minimum deal with the Mavs today, he said. Barea, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, expects to be cleared to fully participate in training camp.
Ken Berger: Was told J.J. Barea back to Mavs (2 years, $5.6m) was 98 pct done. Now, 100 pct, as Barea tells El Nuevo Dia he'll be back in Dallas.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks remain in a strong position to re-sign guard J.J. Barea, who rejoined the team last season on a veteran’s minimum deal. Barea, like Terry, was a vital cog on the championship team in 2011. Barea has other options, most notably with the Miami Heat. But a source said that the Mavericks believe it is trending in a good direction and that Barea could be set to sign for the cap-room exception of $2.8-million and likely would get at least a two-year deal, with the possibility of a three-year agreement with a player option for that third season.
Ken Berger: The Mavs are close to a deal to bring back point guard J.J. Barea, league source tells @CBSSports. Need PG, same agent as DeAndre Jordan.
The Dallas Mavericks feel they are very much in the game to retain the services of free agent point guard J.J. Barea, a source told the The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko. Barea, who has also had chats with the Miami Heat, has not yet committed to anything, the source said.
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