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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I saw you signed with Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rico earlier this week. How did that come about and why did you feel like that’s a good next opportunity for you? J.J. Barea: “Long story short, that same summer that I signed with the Mavericks, I played on that team. That team left for a while, and now it’s coming back with a new owner. The team is in San Juan, the capital, so it will be really good for Puerto Rican basketball and the pro league down there. It’s really important for the kids and the fans to have a league in Puerto Rico, so this year should be a lot of fun.”
Do you view this summer as your last ride in basketball? Have you thought ahead to what might be next or retirement? J.J. Barea: “I think so. Maybe after this year’s over, I’ll see how I feel and maybe play another one in Puerto Rico. But it depends how I feel. But yeah, I think going overseas or other stuff like that, I think I’m done with that, but you never know. I think I’ll be done with that.”
Marc Stein: The popular former @dallasmavs guard JJ Barea, who just finished playing for Estudiantes in Spain this season, says he has signed with Cangrejeros de Santurce in his native Puerto Rico.
J.J. Barea and Estudiantes have reached an agreement for the two sides to part ways as Encestando reported and the player later confirmed. The former NBA champion had joined the team on January, signing a contract until the end of the season “It becomes official tomorrow [11/5), Barea said to El Vocero. “But yes, I’m going home to see my children. But it’s all good. We came to an agreement. What’s left is one game and you had to wait until May 21. They postponed it then. But I told them that I had to go home and see the childre. Tomorrow I leave for Dallas.”
Jose Juan Barea and Estudiantes have reached an agreement for the two sides to part ways according to Encestando. The former NBA champion had joined the team on January, signing a contract until the end of the season
Barea, 36, averaged 12.6 points (on 40.0 percent 2-point shooting and 30,8 percent from the 3-point line), 4.7 assists and 2.3 turnovers in 22:45 minutes over 18 games in his first appearance in the Spanish League and European basketball in general. Estudiantes has lost in its last eight games and will fight to avoid relegation in the final round of the regular season against Gran Canaria.
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.
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.
Shams Charania: Guard JJ Barea is signing a guaranteed one-year, $2.6M deal to return to the Dallas Mavericks, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
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 declined to mention the names of the Spanish teams. “For two weeks, we have had conversations with teams from Spain. Yes, there is interest from three teams, ”Santaella told El Nuevo Día.
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.
Eddie Sefko: JJ Barea on his contractual future with the Mavericks: “I know what they want. They know what I want. We’ll figure it out.”
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.
David Aldridge: Stunning, said no one: source says J.J. Barea now working out details w/Mavs on deal. Had been talking strong w/Heat, looking for 3 yrs.
JJ Barea: “So far, there’s nothing official with Miami or Dallas. I’m considering those two at this moment and must make a decision this weekend.”
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.
Dwain Price: JJ Barea graduated from high school in Miami, and his kid lives there. So expect him to sign with the #Heat.
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And two players from the Bucks are not only also on the American team, but circumstances were such that the three had to share a private plane ride across the Pacific last weekend — a day after the Bucks’ championship parade. “The memories are there, but it’s nothing personal between us,” Booker said. “We lost and that’s it, and I’m man enough to accept that and move on. There’s no hate towards Jrue or K Mid.”
Months after LeBron James lost a Finals, he’d always say it was something he’d never get over. Good thing he never had to be Devin Booker, who barely had 10 minutes to try and put it behind him. “I’m a forward thinker and able to move onto the next thing, and be able to take my ‘L’ and move on,” Booker said Wednesday, in his first comments since the night his Phoenix Suns lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, eight days ago.
Booker’s coach on Team USA, Gregg Popovich, and teammate Draymond Green (not to mention assistant coach Steve Kerr, but we digress) have been in Booker’s shoes, having lost a Finals. He said Popovich and Green discussed it with him “in short conversation.” “Talkin’ about it with Draymond, and him stressing the fact that it’s not gonna be that easy to get back to the Finals,” Booker said. “I remember us as a team saying that in the locker room after we lost — you know we’ve got to understand, it’s going to be even harder to make it to the point we were at. … But I’m excited for the experience. It was great. I am glad I got to do it, obviously ended up on the wrong side of the stick, but that’s life.”
“It’s a HUGE deal,” former NBA player Raja Bell said of the international ball in a text with CBS Sports on Tuesday. “I’ve always said that FIBA balls affected my shot and other NBA players’ shots tremendously. I HATE that ball! “It’s lighter, feels smaller, different texture,” Bell continued. “I mean, when the art of shooting is based on muscle memory, and you change all the factors except the rim size and height, it’s going to be difficult.”
In another exchange with a Western Conference scout, the conclusion was similar. “[The ball is] definitely a factor,” the scout said. “How big a factor I guess depends on the particular player. But it’s an adjustment for everyone. Some guys are going to make [the adjustment] easier than others.” And another text from an Eastern Conference scout with international playing experience: “It’s pretty different, and it takes some getting used to. It’s much softer than NBA or college basketballs.”
It should be comforting for Jalen Johnson to know he’ll be a first-round selection in Thursday night’s NBA draft. What should be more stressful for the former Nicolet High School standout is where he’ll actually be chosen. Johnson, a talented 6-foot-9 forward, has elicited a wide-range of opinions from NBA draft personnel. Said one longtime NBA personnel director of Johnson: “He is, to me, the biggest wild-card in the draft. I wouldn’t be shocked if he went in the lottery, like around 12 or so, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he fell into the 20s.’’
“Part of the evolution of African interest and passion for the game goes back to Hakeem’s entry into the game,” said Victor Williams, chief executive of NBA Africa. “Giannis is doing the same thing for today’s generation of African kids — and they do recognize him as African.” Antetokounmpo is known as “The Greek Freak” because he was born in Athens, but he grew up in a Nigerian home. His mother, Veronica, is Igbo. His late father, Charles, is from the same Yoruba tribe as Olajuwon. His last name — Adetokunbo — was Hellenized when he finally became a citizen of Greece and received his passport, one month before the Bucks drafted him 15th in 2013.