Barea (Achilles) and the Mavs agreed to terms Monday on a one-year, veteran's minimum contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Barea tore his Achilles in January, but he's said to be making strong progress, and the Mavs expect him to be able to contribute off the bench for most of next season. Coming off of a serious injury at age 35, Barea's best days are behind him, and given the Mavs' increased depth -- they signed Seth Curry earlier Monday -- Barea is unlikely to be fantasy-relevant in 2019-20.
Barea said Monday that he's progressing well in his recovery from a ruptured right Achilles' tendon and is hopeful to suit up for Puerto Rico in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 31, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports. Barea ruptured his Achilles' back on Jan. 11, so he would be less than eight months removed from the injury if he makes it back for the World Cup. At this stage in his rehab, Barea has advanced to non-contact basketball activity, with the veteran guard noting that he was able to put up 600 shots in one hour during a workout session last week. The 34-year-old still has several hurdles to clear in his rehab, and his advanced age probably doesn't help his chances of returning to his prior form once he's reached the final stages of his recovery program. Barea, an impending free agent, said he plans to re-sign with the Mavericks this summer, but Dallas probably won't be interested in bringing him back on anything more than a one-year deal with minimal guaranteed money.
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.
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