Mavericks’ first out-of-draft rookie
ESPN reported that the Mavericks have signed a renewal contract with JJ Barea for a veteran minimum guarantee of $ 2.6 million a year.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Balear joined the Mavericks in 2006, making him the team’s first out-of-draft rookie. Despite being small at 178 cm, he made full use of his strong physical strength, shooting power, and high basketball IQ, averaging 8.9 points and 3.9 assists in 14 years of his NBA career. Except for the three seasons from 2011 to 2013 he spent at Timberwolves, he belonged to the Mavericks and will be celebrating his 12th year in the next season.
After recovering from the Achilles tendon rupture last season, he played in 29 games, averaging 7.7 points and 3.9 assists, playing a limited role, but he is a valuable mentor for a team with many young players.
Last season’s Mavericks made it to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, with a number of winning stars centered around the fast-growing second-year Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The 36-year-old Balear’s chances of participation are likely to decline, but he has a strong relationship with Doncic and is expected to continue to lead in the locker room.