When the Dallas Mavericks waived 2011 champion point guard and fan preferred J.J. Barea in 2020, it was not a “goodbye,” but alternatively a “see you afterwards.”
Last summertime in Las Vegas, Barea reportedly talked with Mavs GM Nico Harrison about joining Dallas as a coach at some point. The details of that proposal weren’t ironed out, though, mostly because Barea wasn’t really completely ready to fully retire from basketball. He’s been playing in the Puerto Rico basketball league more than the last year.
One particular yr afterwards, according to a report out of Puerto Rico, it seems that Barea is all set to consider that next phase.
Editor’s observe: The pursuing interview has been translated from Spanish to English.
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“I’m prepared. Last yr it labored my head and I was not all set,” explained Barea. “This yr, yes, and I am serene about ending.
“I gave it my all. … To have the prospect to end in Puerto Rico, to engage in in all fields, and to get pleasure from it with my pals.”
Now, with Barea turning to the following chapter in his life, there’s a good chance he could finish up with the Mavericks after all over again.
“I know I like coaching. Every time I do it, I like it even a lot more. It comes effortless, will come natural,” claimed Barea very last summer months. “Especially in this article in Dallas. And specially with Dallas. It’s my dwelling. The Dallas Mavericks are my group. I really feel like I can definitely help.”
No subject what Barea’s formal part might end up currently being, a single point is for confident: He would be welcomed again to Dallas with open arms, both by the franchise and the supporter base.