Barea signed a one-year, $2.6 million guaranteed contract with the Mavericks on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The 36-year-old will be back in Dallas for at least one more season. Barea appeared in 29 games during the 2019-20 campaign and averaged 7.7 points, 3.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 15.5 minutes. He should fill a reserve role for the Mavs again in 2020-21.
Barea will start Monday's game against Utah, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports. With Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Dorian Finney-Smith all out, the Mavs will roll with Barea, Seth Curry, Tim Hardaway Jr., Justin Jackson and Boban Marjanovic.
Barea will start Tuesday's game against the Kings. There was some initial confusion, as the Mavs first announced Trey Burke as the starter, but it will apparently be Barea, who fills Seth Curry's (leg) vacated spot. Barea did not appear in either of Dallas' first two seeding games.
Barea pitched in 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and six assists in 23 minutes during Sunday's 118-111 scrimmage loss to the Pacers. Barea contributed a solid stat line off the bench and figures to continue to benefit from the absence of Jalen Brunson (shoulder), who is out for the rest of the campaign. Though Delon Wright may challenge Barea for minutes at backup point guard, Wright is capable of filling in at multiple positions, so Barea might hold pretty decent value for the remainder of the restart.
Barea (ankle) is available Friday against the Grizzlies. Barea was previously considered questionable but will play through his sore right ankle. Across his past six appearances, he's averaging 6.0 points, 4.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 15.5 minutes.
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