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J.J. Barea wants to stay in Dallas, but choice may be hard

Jun 15, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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Every playoffs, some unexpected free agent to be has a fantastic run, one where he is used properly by his current coach, another GM seems to fall in love with his game watching the playoffs then he gets overpaid coming into next season.

Meet J.J. Barea.

The diminutive point guard from Puerto Rico slashed and carved his way through the Lakers, Thunder and Miami, becoming a fan favorite along the way.

Now he is a free agent, but he made it clear to ESPN Dallas where his heart lies.

“It’s a business, but I love Puerto Rico and then I love Dallas,” Barea said. “This city is real special to me, so hopefully (owner) Mark (Cuban) and Donnie and myself, my family will do everything we can to stay here in Dallas.”

What other teams are going to offer (or can offer) will depend on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, so it is up in the air. There may be ways for Dallas to match that offer. But right now that’s an unknown.

Dallas management has said bringing back Barea is a priority (along with Caron Butler and Tyson Chandler, and more those two probably). There is mutual interest, but if another GM comes in over the top with an oversized offer for a guy who should be a backup point guard, Barea may have to choose between a big payday and Dallas. Not the worst problem to have if you’re him.

  1. medtxpack - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    and hes got Miss Universe, lucky dog. such a threat on the floor too. earned his time. Cuban should make it tough for him to leave. He made 1 Mil + this year…

  2. passerby23 - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Best situation for Barea is to stay in Dallas. He may get overpaid somewhere else, but his game works well in Dallas, he has the best chance of a championship there, and will still get paid reasonably well.

  3. edweird0 - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    He should do the smart thing and stay in Dallas. The city has mad love for him, why would he wanna uproot himself and have to start all over with a new fanbase?

  4. prcoqui - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    There are many below average players ( if mediocre ) that makes a lot more money tha J.J. Barea, he deserves a significant salary increase.

  5. fridge843 - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    sounds like there’s a “Decision” that needs to be made by J.J. Only difference. . . . . . . there’s a chance of a repeat if he stays! If he goes he might end up just like LeBron. Ringless and the but of everyone’s jokes! Stay J.J. you work is done under the radar.

  6. corvidae64 - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    He should stay in Dallas. You can be a great player and still suck if you go to a team without chemistry. I mean, look what happen to LeBron James…

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