Barea's (Achilles) recovery is expected to be a six-to-nine month process, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports. While Barea will be out for the remainder of the season, he should be fully recovered in time for next year, assuming he plays during what would be his age 35 campaign. Based on the given timetable, the veteran point guard should be healthy sometime between July and October, so he could miss some preseason action. He'll finish the 2018-19 season having played 38 games, averaging 10.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds in 19.8 minutes with a scoring high of 24 points and a passing high of 12 dimes.
Barea underwent surgery Monday to address a ruptured right Achilles' tendon, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports. The Mavericks announced in a press release that Barea is without a timetable for a return, but given the nature of his injury, it's safe to rule him out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The bigger question is whether or not Barea will be healthy by the time NBA training camps open next fall, as Achilles injuries can often necessitate a year or longer of healing time. Set to turn 35 years old on June 26 and headed for free agency just days after his birthday, Barea may have a tough time finding a team willing to sign him if he opts to continue his playing career.
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.
The Mavericks fear Barea tore his Achilles tendon in Friday's victory over the Timberwolves, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com 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.
Barea (ankle) isn't listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Lakers. Barea was sidelined for Saturday's matchup with the 76ers due to left ankle soreness, but he should be ready to play Monday. Over his preceding nine contests, Barea is averaging 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists as a reserve.
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