J.J. Barea has performed admirably as the team’s starting point guard while Deron Williams recovers from a hamstring injury and his teammates are lauding his unselfishness, Eddie Sefko of SportsDay writes.
“J.J.’s been great,” Devin Harris said. “He’s shooting the ball incredibly well, but taking good shots. Typically, when guys get hot, they just start to let it fly. He’s done a great job of letting the shots come to him.”
While it’s unlikely that Barea remains the starter long-term, Coach Rick Carlisle won’t ignore the success of the team during Williams’ absence when making a decision.
“That’s a situation we’ll deal with when it happens,” Carlisle said of the situation when Williams returns to the lineup. “Whatever we do, it’ll be what’s best for the team.”
Dallas re-signed Barea during the offseason to a pact that will pay him slightly more than $16MM over four seasons. The team signed Williams to a two year, $11MM deal, which contains a player option for the 2016/17 season.
Here’s more from Dallas:
- The Mavericks have assigned Salah Mejri to the Texas Legends, the team’s D-League affiliate, according to a team press release. The center is averaging 8.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 23.9 minutes for the Legends this season.
- Chandler Parsons is starting to look like his old self again, but he is still not 100%, which is something the team understands, Sefko writes in a separate piece. “I just think the rhythm is going to take some time,” Carlisle said. “I think physically, he’s there. But the rhythm on his shot is going to keep coming. And I just think two weeks from now you’re going to see a guy who even looks better than now. And he looks damn good right now.”