By Stefan Djordjevic / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dallas Mavericks plan to release J.J. Barea despite the recently signed one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Owner Mark Cuban knew this move was likely when Barea signed his $2.6M deal last week but wanted to reward him for his impact over 11 years with the Mavs.
Barea, 36, still hopes to play in NBA this season. Last season, the point guard played a total of 29 games in the regular season and averaged 7.7 points, 3.9 assists and 1.8 boards in around 15 minutes on the court.
Mavs also plan to sign Courtney Lee to replace J.J. Barea on the camp roster. Like Barea, Lee was considered a leader and great vet in Dallas locker room despite not being in the regular rotation last season.