Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Achilles tear confirmed

Barea underwent an MRI on Saturday that confirmed he sustained a torn right Achilles' tendon in Friday's 119-115 win over the Mavericks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Just as the Mavericks had feared, Barea suffered an injury Friday that will not only end his season, but could also signal the end of his career. Set to turn 35 years old in June and working back from an injury that typically carries a lengthy recovery timeline following surgery, Barea's playing future might be in serious jeopardy. With Barea out of the picture for at least the 2018-19 season, Jalen Brunson should benefit the most from added minutes in the backcourt behind backcourt starters Dennis Smith (back) and Wesley Matthews. Barea was averaging 10.9 points (on 41.8 percent shooting from the field), 5.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 three-pointer in 19.8 minutes per game over 38 appearances.

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