Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Achilles tear feared

The Mavericks fear Barea tore his Achilles tendon in Friday's victory over the Timberwolves, Tim MacMahon of reports.

If confirmed, a torn Achilles would not only end Barea's season, but also put his career in jeopardy. At 34 years old, he has been an effective sixth man for the Mavericks this season, averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 assists per game. While nothing has been confirmed yet, a long-term absence seems likely. When Dennis Smith (back) is healthy, Jalen Brunson figures to be the prime candidate to fill in for Barea going forward.

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