Mavericks 94, Wizards 93...
Mavericks-Wizards, Box 2010-01...
Mavericks G Howard sits out wi...
'Sheed docked $35K for publicl...
Celtics' Wallace fined $35K fo...
Trail Blazers' Miller says Six...
NBA Roundup: Friday's action...
Presented By: 2010-01-20...
Sixers Notes: Dalembert on own...
Bosh has 23 points, 13 rebound...
Mavericks notes after destroyi...
Nowitzki supended for foul on ...
Clippers sign Nick Fazekas to ...
Mavericks sign Jamaal Magloire...
Devin Harris out 1-2 more week...
Brand, Maggette could opt out
Brand has surgury
where are you mike?
money and politics overpower j
Houston Rockets will change Ko
Will Sunyue be the new magicia
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live
News » Busy backcourt works for Barea Guard enjoys more shooting opportunities playing alongside Kidd

Busy backcourt works for Barea Guard enjoys more shooting opportunities playing alongside Kidd

Busy backcourt works for Barea Guard enjoys more shooting opportunities playing alongside Kidd Size matters in the NBA, but that doesn't always mean bigger is better. Small is a size, too.

And when it comes to lineups, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle believes in diversity. Yes, he likes to have big men in the game. Most NBA champions have a strong inside presence.

But he also likes to use a three-guard lineup and has done so frequently in the preseason, especially with J.J. Barea occupying one of the spots. The 6-foot Puerto Rican has played 80 minutes in the three exhibitions, behind only Dirk Nowitzki (81 minutes) and Jason Kidd (83).

Barea's been on the court with Kidd and either Jason Terry or rookie Roddy Beaubois a lot.

"I love it," Barea says. "I love playing with point guards at the same time. It makes the job a lot easier for all of us. It gets the ball moving, and I like that."

Until Beaubois gains some experience, Barea figures to keep the job of backing up Kidd. But it can be argued that he's at his best when playing with Kidd, which allows Barea to look for his shot more. Throw in Terry and the smallish backcourt instantly gives the Mavericks plenty of offense in support of Nowitzki, Shawn Marion or whoever else is on the floor.

It should also keep Barea's minutes up, which is important because he will be trying to persuade the Mavericks to pick up the option year on his contract next season. Given that Barea is one of the best bargains in the league ($1.65 million this season with a $1.8 million option for 2010-11), it's hard to envision any scenario in which the Mavericks wouldn't retain him.

Still, after raising his minutes played and points in each of his first three years to 20.3 and 7.8 per game last season, Barea wants to keep the positive trend going. And heading into his fourth season, there's no reason that his role shouldn't continue to broaden.

Something else is working for him, too: a healthier left shoulder. He still isn't 100 percent after off-season surgery to repair a shoulder that popped out of its socket periodically last season.

"It's awesome playing without pain," he says. "It's still not completely pain-free, but it doesn't get out of place anymore."

Buyout being discussed: The agent for Shawne Williams and the Mavericks are discussing a possible buyout of the forward's contract.

"We're just trying to figure out what's best," Happy Walters said. "Obviously, the Mavs have too many contracts and they're going to have to figure that out."

Walters said Williams is willing to take less than the $2.4 million he's guaranteed for this season.

In addition, he said the reason Williams isn't with the team isn't necessarily because the Mavericks have told him to stay away. As much as the Mavericks don't want him around, Williams doesn't want to be a Maverick , either, Walters said.

He added that the idea of suspending Williams, which would mean docking his pay, seems unlikely.

Moving on up

J.J. Barea has climbed steadily in minutes, points and assists:

Season Min. PPG APG

2006-07 5.8 2.4 0.7

2007-08 10.5 4.3 1.3

2008-09 20.3 7.8 3.4



Day Date Opponent TV Time

Thu 15 Detroit HDNet 7:30

Sat 17 Cleveland Ch. 21 7:30

Tue 20 at Cleveland* HDNet 6:30

Fri 23 at Houston Ch. 21 7:30

*at Pittsburgh

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website:
Added: October 15, 2009


Copyright ©, Inc. All rights reserved 2019.