JANUARY 14, 8:59am: Barea has undergone surgery to repair his right Achilles, the Mavs announced today in a press release. No timeline for the guard’s recovery has been established, but it’s safe to assume he won’t be back before the end of the 2018/19 season.
JANUARY 12, 1:44pm: An MRI has revealed that Barea did indeed suffer a torn right Achilles, per a tweet from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. Doctors and the team are still evaluating the severity of the injury.
JANUARY 12, 10:56am: The Mavericks fear that sixth-man J.J. Barea suffered a season-ending torn right Achilles in the team’s 119-115 win over the Timberwolves on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Barea suffered the injury with 6:28 left in regulation as he cut to the basket for a layup. The point guard hit the hardwood and immediately grabbed his right Achilles before being helped to the locker room. Barea finished the win with 16 points and seven assists.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that Barea would undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury. While the Mavericks reportedly fear a torn Achilles, the team categorized Barea’s injury as a “lower right leg injury.”
The 34-year-old is in his 13th NBA season, averaging 10.9 PPG and 5.6 APG for Dallas. Barea has become a fan favorite with the Mavericks having spent 1o of his 13 seasons with the team after he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He was part of Dallas’ 2011 NBA championship-winning team.
MacMahon noted that Barea, whose contract expires at season’s end, wants to play at least two more years after the current campaign. A torn Achilles would likely delay his start to the 2019/20 season.