Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  15 responses

JJ Barea 75% Sure He Will Re-Sign in Dallas

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

After his shocking star turn in last season’s NBA Playoffs, which helped net the Dallas Mavericks their first championship ever, JJ Barea’s free agent value increased considerably.

There was talk — talk from Barea himself, even — that he could jump ship, and sign with another title contender in the League.

The latest indication from the diminutive star, though, is that continuing to play in Dallas suits him just fine.

From ESPN:

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, a first-time free agent whenever the NBA lockout is lifted, strongly believes he will be back to defend the franchise’s first championship. “If you want to go by percentages, I think 75 percent I’ll be back in Dallas and 25 percent something else happens,” Barea said, now back home in Puerto Rico after a bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympics fell painfully short with a semifinals loss to host country Argentina at the FIBA Americas Tournament. “… My first option is going to be Dallas.”

“It’s definitely frustrating, but things happen,” Barea said. “If the lockout wasn’t here I’d have a contract already and I’d know where I was going. But, things happen and you just have to stay positive with it and I’m staying ready.”

Barea, 27, completed the most successful season of his career, averaging career highs in scoring (9.5), assists (3.9), rebounds (2.0) and minutes (20.6). He played a pivotal role in the championship run as the backup point guard, flummoxing the Los Angeles Lakers defense in the conference semifinals, and keying Dallas’ penetration as the starting shooting guard in the final three games of the NBA Finals — all Mavs victories — against the Miami Heat. Barea, who earned $1.8 million last season, said he would have to be bowled over by a dollar figure to think about leaving Dallas. He said potential promises of a starting job elsewhere won’t be enough to lure him away.

We all know that Mark Cuban will open up the checkbook for JJ Barea once the lockout ends, so it only makes sense for him to stay where he’s most comfortable, with a chance to help the Mavs defend their title.

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  • Geezy

    Damn BASED God

  • LA Huey

    He needs to stay with Dirk. I don’t think there’s a player in the league that can make him as effective as Nowitzki.

  • chingy

    He’s not close to being a starting PG in the league. He’s a good spark plug off the bench. I do like his toughness.

  • T-Money

    he’ll bolt. someone will overpay and offer him a starting job. his shooting numbers surprised me, i thought he was automatic but he’s more of a volume shooter, really. his playoffs run may have inflated his value – good for him, go get that croshere money lol.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    What? He’s 27 already?

  • http://www.dropstep.net Rubens Borges

    T-Money also inflated his ego. He was ignoring teammates, starting fights and whatnot during FIBA Americas tournament. Forcing shots every time down court…

  • Rich

    Once again, it’s OK for others to ignore the greatness of Mavs players, just like others ignore the strength of the Mavs team. To Mavs, keep a low profile but stay as hungry. It’s nothing sweeter to win it all as an a underdog.

  • Finallianstallion

    To be frank, I can not see any reason why the european prospect Petteri Koponen could not fill JJs shoes? I mean PK is taller, has better ability to attack the basket and shake the defender ( not dunking ) and a better 3p range and better assist ability?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    J.J. Barea and Jason Terry are the real MVP’s of the title in Dallas. J.J will be overpaided, but he deserves it, because he helped a team win a title. So he needs to get his, also Dirk will choke this year like all his previous years. BOOK IT!!

  • Louis

    @The Seed your an idiot

  • Fat Lever

    I’m 100% sure I don’t care.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    He SHOULD go and take a lot of money from somewhere else…. I could understand some silly owner/GM offering him something in the range of 4.5 million a year over 5 years and he would leave Dallas for that. I’m sure of it. Mark Cuban should let him slide if someone out there wants to give him more than 4.5 million a year and if they offer him something with a 10% scale and the last year is something like 8-9 million then just leave it on the table. I think we’ve just witnessed Barea’s best season of his NBA career.

  • Matt Park

    Been a fan of this guy for a while now… Seen his moves, I know that he is outright crafty. Nice hesitation moves, stutter steps, change-of-pace to get to the rim and finishes nicely with a floater, jumpshot, etc., or he can dish it off to a teammate. He is a great passer, and makes some really nifty passes. Shoots well, but not exactly automatic; however, he does get red-hot sometimes, like in the Finals and against the Lakers. Extremely good on the pick-and-roll, especially with Dirk. He was compared to Steve Nash when he first entered the L, and I definitely see the connection. He will never be anywhere near Nash’s level, though. Very skilled, but he is limited by his body. Average arms for his height, short, and unathletic… I do not think he can be a starting point in this league, though. More of a energy guy off the bench who can give you lots of minutes when played correctly. Who knows though? He definitely gave the Lakers and the Heat problems when he played, esp. in the pick-and-roll.

  • Chukaz

    Chukaz is 100% sure the mavs will overpay